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26 July, 2020

New site for Kuranda cemetery

Mareeba Shire Council are setting the wheels in motion on the possibility of finding a new cemetery for residents living in or around Kuranda.

By Phil Brandel

At last weeks Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) meeting, council passed a motion to set the wheels in motion on the possibility of finding a new cemetery for residents living in or around Kuranda.

The Kuranda Cemetery is expected to reach capacity within the next few years and Council has been investigating options as a way forward including calling for community feedback regarding a new resting location.

Located at 1300 Kennedy Highway, the Kuranda Cemetery is sited on a 5.3-acre parcel of land and has provided a place for the laying of residents since the early 1900s, with the earliest inscription dated 1910.

Mareeba Shire Mayor Angela Toppin said Council has been investigating alternative options.  “Council has identified four possible locations for a new cemetery, and we will be seeking feedback from the community on the proposed alternatives,” she said.

After a detailed analysis of alternatives, the only four potential locations available are:

Expansion of the current Kuranda Cemetery, development of a new cemetery at Caroona Street, development of a new cemetery at Gregory Terrace and the development of a new cemetery at Koah.

“While the Koah site is the recommended option as the most cost-effective and provides the best long-term solution, the councillors wish to hear from the community before making a final decision,” Cr Toppin said.

Feedback needs to be received via email to info@msc.qld.gov.au or by mail to PO Box 154 Mareeba QLD 4880 by August 31 2020.

 

 

 


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