With both the Queenstown and Frankton cemeteries nearly full,
the Queenstown Lakes District Council will decide tomorrow
whether to approve layout plans for a new cemetery.
In a report to be discussed at the council's community
services meeting tomorrow, parks manager Gordon Bailey said
the Queenstown and Frankton cemeteries could have between one
and five years left for interments.
In 1990, the council purchased land on Lower Shotover Rd for
cemetery purposes and Mr Bailey said ''it is now appropriate
for council to begin transforming the Shotover Cemetery into
an operational cemetery''.
''In the very near future, this cemetery will become
Queenstown's only cemetery for new interments.''
Trees were planted on the land after it was purchased and
they now ''form the underlying structure from which the
proposed layout plan has been developed''.
The total land area for the cemetery was 3.1ha and that had
been divided into three blocks.
Block one's capacity would be 492 traditional burial sites
and 509 ash plots.
''Based on the current combined burial statistics for both
Queenstown and Frankton cemeteries, there should be
sufficient interment plots for the next 50 years. And a
similar timeframe for the ashes plots.''
The council proposed allocating $107,000 towards preparing
block one and preparations included creating a circular
roadway to minimise the distance caskets would need to be
carried and ''allows future expansion into blocks two and