Proposed Memorial Park

Site of proposed memorial park

Background

Queanbeyan's population is set to grow from around 42,000 to more than 55,000 over the next 15 years. With this growth comes pressure on infrastructure and services that are provided to the community.

One service that is nearing capacity is the Queanbeyan cemetery. Queanbeyan currently utilises the Lanyon Drive cemetery, however that is expected to reach capacity within the next five years.

Council has been aware of the need to expand these services and has been investigating potential sites across the region. The need for a new cemetery was first raised in Council’s 2009-13 Delivery Program and has been the subject of workshops with councillors in 2009 and 2015.

What's been done

February 2017

Council resolved to enter into a contact to purchase land at 1187-1241 Old Cooma Rd. Prior to exchanging contracts, Council undertook some preliminary environmental and geotechnical investigations to gain an understanding of whether it was viable to proceed with the proposal. These investigations did not highlight any significant issues and the contracts were exchanged. While the preliminary investigations did not show any issues, a range of other studies and investigations will be required as the proposal proceeds.

April 2017

Following the exchange of contracts in late April 2017, Council was able to inform residents of the purchase and the intention to progress plans for a memorial park.

July 2017

Planning proposal prepared for the NSW Department of Planning.

August 2017

Gateway Approval sought from the Minister for Planning to amend the Queanbeyan 2012 LEP.

December 2017

Flora and Fauna study completed.

June 2018

The following studies were completed and a summary report for the sites suitability for use as a cemetery/memorial park:

  • Traffic
  • Visual Amenity
  • Aboriginal Due Diligence
  • Heritage
  • Geotechnical
  • Hydrology

10 October 2018

Council set out the framework for how the community engagement process for the project will proceed.

22 October 2018

On 22 October 2018 Council received a letter from the NSW Government Natural Resource Access Regulator (NRAR) concerning groundwater at the proposed memorial park. In order for Council to make an informed decision on the suitability of the site for use as a cemetery ‘the regulator’ has advised that Council requires further investigation of the baseline groundwater levels and groundwater quality for a minimum of 12 months to ensure there is sufficient depth in the water table.

The groundwater investigations are considered to be vital in ensuring that Council and the community are confident that there will be no contamination of groundwater as a result of a cemetery being located on any part of the proposed site. While this assessment is being undertaken, Council will proceed with a Social Impact Assessment of the proposed memorial park.

November/December 2018

Social impact assessment survey completed and report prepared.

2019-early 2020

Further investigations of groundwater over a period of 18 months, as required by NRAR, were conducted.

August-October 2020

All the investigations and studies that contribute to the Planning Proposal to provide for a new memorial park/cemetery on the site were placed on public exhibition for community comment. This process also included an online community meeting. The documents on exhibition, along with questions and answers are available on our Your Voice page.

September 2021

Planning Proposal approved and gazetted by the NSW Government.

Next steps

  • Develop concept designs – Place on public exhibition for community comment
  • Develop Business Plan
  • Prepare Development Application – Further Consultation
  • Submit DA to Regional Planning Panel – Further Consultation

Consultation

There have been a number of consultation opportunities during the process. Consultation activities will be advertised via Council’s Your Voice QPRC engagement hub at http://yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au/.

Location

1187-1241 Old Cooma Road, Googong 2620  View Map

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