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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.

Draft concept plan

Artist impressions of the new columbarium wall

We welcome your feedback

View the proposed plan below and have your say by:

  • completing the comment form below
  • emailing us at
  • writing to us marked 'Manly Cemetery Columbarium' Northern Beaches Council,
    PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655.

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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