• Date: 26/03/2019
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

To celebrate Parks Week 2019, GMCT CEO Jacqui Weatherill is encouraging Melbournians to visit “Melbourne’s forgotten parks” – cemeteries.

Cemeteries are important green open spaces for the community and could be key to meeting public needs for open space in the future, particularly as population growth and increased urban density reduces access to private outdoor spaces, such as backyards. A recent study showed that Fawkner and Northern Memorial Parks, which span a combined 209 hectares, make up 23 per cent of all public open space in the City of Moreland, in Melbourne's inner north. 

Parks Week ran from 9-17 March and aims to raise awareness of the value of parks and open spaces and the environmental benefits they provide to our cities. 

GMCT CEO Jacqui Weatherill appeared on Seven News and 3AW Breakfast radio to invite the public to enjoy cemeteries as beautiful public open spaces. 

“Across our 19 cemeteries, we have 650 hectares of public open space which is 20 times the size of the Botanic Gardens,” Jacqui said. “My favourite is Fawkner Memorial Park, for me it’s the equivalent of Highgate cemetery in London.”

"We think that we have a lot to offer. We really want to encourage people to come and ride their bikes, walk their dogs, come and enjoy the space and the acres of lawn we have here.

"These are giant outdoor museums. They are full of Melbourne's history and heritage. Families can come and take their children around and demystify what a cemetery is."

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Listen to Jacqui's interview on 3AW Breakfast here: