DEVELOPMENT: Gladstone Regional Council park services co-ordinator Robbie Webb manages the Port Curtis cemetery, which is being expanded.
DEVELOPMENT: Gladstone Regional Council park services co-ordinator Robbie Webb manages the Port Curtis cemetery, which is being expanded. Mary Bolling GLACEME

Expansion planned as Gladstone cemetery nears capacity

GLADSTONE'S Port Curtis cemetery is set for an expansion after a boom period for burials.

But the Gladstone Regional Council has revealed that more residents are opting for cremation rather than burial.

Last week the council awarded tender for a 1.6ha expansion to McCosker Contracting, which beat three other contractors to do the work.

The tender is valued at $267,112 and should provide enough space to last for 10 years.

The need to extend the cemetery was identified in 2011, and the cemetery is nearly at capacity now.

The cemetery currently has just 38 vacant plots remaining, and an additional 180 plots remaining in the children's section.

The new expansion will allow for another 320 plots.

The council's statistics, from January 2009 to September 2013, show there were 384 burials and 699 cremations across the region's 12 cemeteries.

The expansion of the Port Curtis cemetery is seen as vital, as the Gladstone City cemetery has stopped taking applications.

The extension is tipped to be completed early next year, weather permitting.

When you die, would you prefer to be buried or cremated?

This poll ended on 16 November 2013.

Current Results

Buried

54%

Cremated

36%

I'd like to donate my body to science

9%

I'd like to be cryogenically frozen...because you never know

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.