Plan Plots Burial Growth; Council Also Considers More Pet Cemeteries

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Byline: Nicole fuge

BURIAL space on the Coast may be fading fast, but Sunshine Coast Council has plans for everyone, including the family dog.

Six of the council's 19 cemeteries, Beerburrum, Buderim, Diddillibah, Nambour Garden, Old Nambour and Woombye are at capacity and closed to new burials.

Meanwhile Caloundra, Mooloolah and Tewantin cemeteries are nearing capacity.

aCaloundra Cemetery has approximately two to three years of use before reaching capacity, Tewantin has approximately three years before reaching capacity and Mooloolah has approximately five years before reaching capacity,a a council spokeswoman said.

aThese time lines are based on current usage rates.

aThe Cemeteries Plan does identify options for forward planning by the council in regard to ensuring the community has enough cemetery land to last well into the future.a

Beerwah, Cooroy, Eumundi, Gheerulla, Kulangoor, Mapleton, Peachester, Pomona, Witta and Yandina are the remaining cemeteries on the Coast but based on population growth forecasts, there will be a shortfall in burial space in the region's urban areas, particularly in the south.

The Cemetery Plan 2012-2027, adopted this week, looks into expanding existing cemeteries and other revenue raisers, such as the development of a natural burial area or pet cemetery. …