Since 2019, Council has received more than 400 applications for full family gravesites but nine of the 12 open cemeteries in Brisbane, including Balmoral Cemetery in Morningside, are squaring up to problems with space.
Despite an increasing preference for cremation, many locals still want to be buried at historical cemeteries in their local area. While Council has tried to accommodate most requests, there has been a growing need for new sections or other burial options like memorial walls or ash burials.
As listed on the official site, there are no more new gravesites at Balmoral Cemetery. To fix the lack of space, however, burials here cemetery may still be possible for family graves, if it’s not full.
However, Council may also approve a burial application if the family grave is full but the last burial was more than 30 years ago.
The re-use of family gravesites is also implemented in cemeteries at the following sites:
- Bald Hills
- Cedar Creek
- South Brisbane
A resident planning to re-use a gravesite might have to shell out for test dig fees or hire an authorised stonemason on top of other fees like internment and other services. Some cemeteries offer free services but others may cost the resident less than $32,000 for the burials.
Balmoral Cemetery, located at the corner of Wynnum and Bennett Roads in Morningside, is managed by Toowong Cemetery.
For enquiries about services, fees or the re-use of your family gravesite, email CB-CEM-TOOWONG@brisbane.qld.gov.au. You’ll need to download and submit a re-use application form to start.