Design review stage

Engagement outcome

The community engagement between 9 March and 26 April showed that the proposal to construct a new columbarium wall and memorial garden was supported by the majority of respondents, recognising a need for more burial options on the Northern Beaches.

While the feedback was largely in favour of the proposal, numerous comments included slight design modifications. In particular, many thought the design of the new wall was too high and would create a visual and physical barrier, potentially detracting from the existing character and heritage value of the cemetery.

Several respondents questioned the need for a new wall, preferring it to remain as open space.

A design review is now underway taking on board comments from Council's heritage planning team and community engagement responses. This will be followed by the preparation and lodgement of a Development Application (DA).

What's proposed?

We currently have three operational cemeteries across the Northern Beaches and Council manages two of these, Manly and Mona Vale Cemeteries. The waiting list for new burial and memorial sites is expected to grow in the future with Manly Cemetery closed to new burials.

We are proposing to construct a new columbarium wall and small memorial garden on the eastern side of Manly Cemetery which will provide an additional 600 niches in the wall and memorial garden positions.

New columbarium

The proposed new columbarium would be approximately 23 metres in length and would consist of four light coloured granite walls (maximum height of 1.8 metres) running along the eastern boundary of the cemetery.

It would include two sandstone end pillars or columns similar in style and character as the existing columbarium. The concept plan also shows a crushed granite pathway running between the burial sites and new columbarium wall.

Memorial garden

A curved memorial garden is proposed within the circular area opposite the existing columbarium. It includes a border wall of niche spaces with Rosemary and Camelias in the garden bed, a seat for reflection and a granite plinth with a raised prayer plaque.

The concept plan also shows new signs for the cemetery, incorporating natural hardwood timber and charcoal grey coloured panels.

A Development Application would also need to be submitted for the works should it proceed.

Exhibited draft concept plan

Artist impressions of the new columbarium wall


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Feb-Mar 2021 - Community Consultation

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Apr-late 2021 - Design review

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Late 2021/Early 2022 - DA Lodgement

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about this project, contact me below:

Name Quinton Lloyd, Senior Project Officer
Phone 1300 434 434