Local Government Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich will today open the Rockingham Regional Memorial Park (RRMP), a new cemetery designed to cater for the existing and rapidly growing population of the south-west corridor.
The new park, comprising 60ha and located on Millar and Baldivis Roads in Baldivis, was vested in the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) when the board was first established in 1988.
The MCB also operates cemetery facilities at Karrakatta, Fremantle, Midland, Guildford and Pinnaroo Valley.
“The cemetery will commence operation with a selection of memorial options, including niche walls, memorial seats, memorial rocks and garden plaques,” Ms Ravlich said.
“The range of options will increase as demand increases or as the community expresses a desire for different forms of memorialisation.”
The Minister said the site would cater for community demand for burial land.
General lawn burial sections with headstones aligned on a beam would be the predominant monumental style, which had proven popular at the East Rockingham Cemetery in recent years.
To provide shelter and a venue for outdoor services, the new park featured one shade gazebo and one large gazebo.
The large gazebo had been designed to operate as an outdoor chapel. The need for further facilities at the new cemetery would be assessed as usage increased.
To coincide with the opening of the new cemetery, the existing East Rockingham Cemetery, which was nearing capacity, would be renamed East Rockingham Pioneer Cemetery to reflect the historic significance of the site.
New guidelines would be introduced for those families that wished to memorialise or bury at the cemetery.
Ms Ravlich said the MCB had liaised closely with the City of Rockingham to ensure that the finished park was able to meet community expectations.
“While the City of Rockingham will continue to be responsible for maintenance and preservation of the pioneer cemetery, the MCB will be responsible for undertaking burial services and memorial placements,” she said.
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