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21 May 2019 - Ashburton’s remembrance needs for the next 30 to 40 years will soon be provided for, with the completion of the Ashburton cemetery extension contract fast approaching.


The $1.5 million construction project alongside the current cemetery on Seafield Road started in February and is expected to finish in coming weeks.

With the current cemetery close to reaching full capacity, the extension is a necessary project for the town.

Ashburton Contracting Limited (ACL) have been carrying out the contract work for the project. This has included earthworks; constructing new roads and entranceways; installing stormwater systems, water lines and taps; widening Seafield Road; and constructing burial and ashes beams.

Council Service Delivery Group Manager, Neil McCann says the extension has been carefully designed to account for a range of remembrance needs.

“Different options come in and out of favour for a number of reasons and we’ve been careful to ensure that this new area has enough space to meet those needs well into the future.”

The extension will provide over 1,300 conventional burial plots and almost 700 conventional ashes plots. There is also a natural burial area and an ashes scattering garden.

The Council has incorporated some contingency into the design, with space available to be converted into the different remembrance options as demand dictates.

Sealed roads throughout the area seamlessly join the extension onto the current cemetery and an adjoining Council-owned block of land on the other end of the extension will ensure the cemetery can be further expanded down the track.

Special attention has been taken with the new entranceway, with a hand-built stone entrance constructed.

Once the final touches on the contracted work finish up in the next few weeks, the Council will begin planting, landscaping, and installing signage, fences and toilets, before the new cemetery is expected to open later in the year.

“This has been a real community project, utilising local contractors and subcontractors. It’s been exciting to see the years of planning that have gone into this project coming to fruition, and have the land transformed into something that will play an important role for our community for many years to come,” Mr McCann added. 

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