• Date: 01/08/2012
  • Cemetery: Werribee Cemetery
The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) has commenced work on upgrading the infrastructure and landscape of Western Melbourne's 150 year old historic Werribee Cemetery.   The GMCT have allocated $170,000 towards a program to beautify the cemetery and seal roads and paths throughout the 5.5 hectare historic site.   In March 2010, Werribee Cemetery came under the care of the GMCT after a planned merger of 18 cemeteries across metropolitan Melbourne. The Trust is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of each site.   The GMCT's Client Services Manager - West, Tanya Tabone said the beautification plans have long been anticipated by the local community, especially those who visit the cemetery on a regular basis.   "The Trust has allocated $170,000 towards upgrades needed at the cemetery," Ms Tabone said. "Werribee Cemetery's office, machinery shed and mausoleum will undergo refurbishment. This is expected to be completed by the end of August."   "The biggest task facing Werribee Cemetery will be the sealing of the cemetery's many roads and paths, the majority of which are currently covered in loose gravel. Depending on weather conditions, we hope to have the surface sealing completed by early spring."   "Replanting, pruning and botanical landscaping will be undertaken throughout the cemetery, while landscaping work will be carried out adjacent to the cemetery office building with the proposal to include a rose garden and lawn area."   "The GMCT is aware that using heavy machinery throughout the cemetery may cause distress to some visitors and the Trust apologises unreservedly. We will attempt to keep the impact to a minimum across the cemetery during the period of improvements," Ms Tabone said.   Further funding has been allocated by the Trust to upgrade the existing toilet facilities at Werribee Cemetery. These funds will be released in October 2012.   ENDS Download a PDF copy of the media release here