Muswellbrook Shire Council to update landscape at Muswellbrook Cemetery

MUSWELLBROOK Cemetery is set to receive a landscaping upgrade to the tune of $211,000.

On Tuesday evening, Muswellbrook Shire Council approved the recommended program of works for the local site.

While there have been a few updates here and there over the past few years, it has been some time since the location has received significant capital works.

Muswellbrook council staff members prepared a new program of works based on the draft concept landscape plan created in 2011.

The plan includes paths for pedestrian access, as well as vehicle access during funerals, and the installation of traffic bollards at the cemetery entries.

It is also proposed that trees be planted adjacent to the paths, with existing trees preserved.

The council report suggests that with the planting of additional natives on the western boundary, there is potential for the area to become, in time, a native garden of remembrance.

The program of works includes formalisation of paths – $100,000; Entry and path bollards – $20,000; Furniture – $20,000; Signs – $6,000; Tree plantings – $45,000; Turf – $10,000; Risk assessment and treatment of heritage monuments - $10,000.

The total cost estimate is expected to reach $211,000.

The council report said the new program of works was within the allocated capital budget and included key elements of the draft plan to beautify the cemetery while addressing operational issues.