Kurri Lawn Cemetery will undergo an expansion as part of a new cemetery masterplan adopted by Cessnock City Council.

ADOPTED: Mayor Bob Pynsent has thanked the community for their input on Cessnock's Cemeteries Masterplan. Picture: Supplied
ADOPTED: Mayor Bob Pynsent has thanked the community for their input on Cessnock's Cemeteries Masterplan. Picture: Supplied

KURRI Kurri Lawn Cemetery will undergo an expansion as part of a new cemetery masterplan adopted by Cessnock City Council.

The document will guide the future of the 12 cemeteries across the electorate managed by Council.

Mayor Bob Pynsent said council welcomed the feedback from the community, and the expansion would guarantee a future resting place for those in the community who want it.

"This masterplan has been developed following extensive community consultation. Council got some really valuable feedback from residents," he said.

"We understand that any changes need to be respectful for everyone in the community, those who are laid to rest and for their families."

The new internment area will be 750 square metres and include 156 new burial plots. These works include the installation of automatic irrigation, concrete beams for lawn interments, turf, and construction of roadways, paths and landscaping.

The majority of works will occur during weekdays to minimise disruption to visitors during peak weekend periods.

Cemeteries have been quite the topic in local government after regulation changes by the state government last year.

Previously the Advertiser reported Cessnock Council had pushed back against the Cemetery and Crematoria Regulation 2018 which will enable cemetery operators to allow graves to be rented for a period of 25 years to 99 years for people who cannot afford a permanent site.