Draft Cemetery Master Plan



Draft Cemetery Master Plan

Cemetery Master Plan Perspective


Public Consultation:

Council encourages the community to comment on the plans for the new future cemetery. The Draft Master Plan which contains more detailed information is available for viewing via the links below. A hard copy can also be viewed at the Council Office and the Town Library. Submissions will close at 12:00pm on the 1st December 2016.

All comments should be directed to:


The General Manager
Hilltops Council
Locked Bag 5                        OR                     Via email: mail@hilltops.nsw.gov.au

Young NSW 2594


Click here to view the

Draft Cemetery Master Plan Draft Cemetery Master Plan (6067 KB)

Click here to view the

Draft Cemetery Concept Perspective Draft Cemetery Concept Perspective (948 KB)



In April 2016, Florence Jaquet Landscape architect (FJLA) was appointed by Council on the basis of their extensive experience in cemetery planning for the development of a Master plan for the new cemetery in Young. Following a period of stakeholders consultation (religious groups and funeral directors), FJLA embarked on evaluating the various constraints on site and developed a Draft Master plan for consideration by the wider community.


Design Principles
The Vision for the site is to create a highly respectful and scenic setting for the cemetery, whilst addressing the needs of mourners and the practical requirements of cemetery operations.


Design Aims
Traffic and Parking:
- Provide access within the cemetery to minimise walking distances.
- Minimise permanent parking zones as it uses valuable burial space. This is why parking is proposed within road reserves both internally and externally, as is in most Australian cemeteries.
- Provide surfaces suitable for pedestrians, cars and equipment.
- Provide DDA compliant path access wherever possible.
- Avoid burial in areas steeper than 1:8
- Orient beams to provide safe working environment for operators.
- Provide a non-denominational cemetery in line with Council policy.
- Provide a “no-reservation” lawn cemetery in line with Council policy.
- Provide quality memorial gardens.
- Determine where each interment type is best located.
- Provide a wider choice of interments (for both burial and cremated remains)
- Find the optimal balance between interment capacity and aesthetics.
- Respect existing vegetation and character.
- Maximise tree retention in lower part of the site and complement with re-vegetation.
- Provide formal tree planting along internal roads for shade and aesthetics.
- Select planting for minimal water usage.
- Provide a covered information kiosk to enable the search of cemetery records.
- Provide a maintenance shed and associated facilities
- Provide water reticulation throughout for watering, drinking and vase filling.
- Provide shelter for mourners.