The Capricorn Coast Memorial Gardens will provide Livingstone residents with a landscaped parkland setting as a final resting place for their loved ones.
The project will also construct a pavilion and other amenities where locals can remember family and friends.
The current cemeteries at Yeppoon and Emu Park are almost at capacity and based on current burial rates will close at the end of 2018. The new garden will provide adequate service for the shire for at least the next 50 years.
Designated on a package of land along Tanby Rd between Yeppoon and Emu Park, the $3.5M project is jointly funded by the Queensland Queensland Government under Round 3 of the Building our Regions program (1.75M), and Livingstone Shire Council (1.75M).
Council has engaged Landscape Architect, Alderson and Associates to prepare the masterplan and concept design for this first stage.
The approved scope of works includes an amenities building, a maintenance shed, refreshments pavilion, where locals can remember family and friends in a natural parkland environment, which offers an alternative to existing, more formal cemeteries in the region.
These works will be completed in the initial stage of the project to allow funeral services, including burials and internment of ashes to be held on site, which has not been possible at the existing cemeteries.
With bulk earthworks and internal roadworks scheduled to commence soon at the site, the forecast completion of the project is scheduled for December 2018.