• Date: 28/02/2019
  • Cemetery: Northern Memorial Park

GMCT recently completed the construction of two new burial areas set within the iconic river red gum landscape to the north of Northern Memorial Park.

This environmentally-focused extension to the existing Northern Memorial Park in Glenroy is set to become a treasured public open space. It will feature over 65,000 native trees and plants to complement our precious remnant river red gums, many of which predate European settlement.

The new cemetery landscape, which is beginning to take shape as construction continues, features best practice principles of water sensitive urban design. Stormwater running through the site is filtered through a series of swales and sediment ponds and returned to our waterways cleaner than when it flowed in, providing a healthier outcome for the plants and wildlife that share the landscape with us.

We’re also creating connections with the community around us and opening up the cemetery to visitation by connecting the Upfield bike path and the popular Jack Roper Reserve. Wetland habitat zones in the north-east corner will create an opportunity for visitors to connect with nature and seek comfort in the natural environment.

Northern Memorial Park’s new river red gum precinct will provide a rare sanctuary from the busy urban environment of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, and an unparalleled space for quiet reflection.

The new Ironbark area consists of approximately 2109 lawn graves (release date to be advised), and the Sugar gum area consists of approximately 2506 traditional Muslim graves (to be released 1 March 2019).

With 2131 monumental graves released in the Snow gum area last year, construction efforts will now move to the eastern end of the park, where key elements of GMCT’s vision for the site will begin to emerge, including a new tree-lined avenue, water features and—at the heart of the new area—a landscape feature to be unveiled in future. 

Find out more

Contact GMCT's customer care team on 1300 022 298 for more information on grave availability in the Northern Memorial Park extension.