Reservations

Pre-purchasing an interment site allows you to decide on a location and can make an emotional and distressing time easier on your family.

Contact our cemetery officer to make an appointment to meet with you either at the cemetery or in the office to discuss your preferred site. Once a site has been selected, you will need to complete a Perpetual Interment Right application(PDF, 132KB) and pay a fee. 

Immediate use burial sites will be arranged with your funeral director at the time of need and they will liaise with us on your behalf.


Council plaque placements

The cost for a standard lawn plaque is included in the purchase of site. You will need to supply the wording you and your family have chosen for the plaque.

We understand that this can be difficult and our cemetery officer can assist you with the wording if required. If you would like a photo on the plaque, please provide us with a digital image or a good quality photo.

Plaque wording can only be arranged by the Interment Right Holder.


Columbarium walls and ash gardens

We will ask you to supply a copy of either the medical cause of death or copy of the death certificate, in addition to a copy of the will. You will need to supply the wording you and your family have chosen for the plaque. If you would like a photo on the plaque, please provide us with a digital image or a good quality photo.

Ashes and plaque placement can only be arranged by the interment right holder or the executer of the will, unless otherwise instructed with a statutory declaration.


Lawn Cemetery tributes

Council may remove and dispose of any prohibited item (including monuments, cremated remains or floral tributes) which have been placed on or near to a burial site (or any other part of a cemetery) without permit or approval. 

Please note the following: 

  • Only approved flower containers (supplied by Council) are to be used, and the placing of glass containers, vases or jars inside the cemetery boundary is strictly prohibited.
  • Council will retain any items removed from the cemetery lawn for a maximum of one month. Please contact Council within this time frame if you wish to collect an item which has been removed. 
  • Council staff will carry out a full sweep of the lawn cemeteries and remove all prohibited items prior to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas Day.
  • Council staff will show discretion around birthday and anniversary dates of those interred in the lawn cemeteries. 

Please contact our cemetery officer to by email cemetery@cessnock.nsw.gov.au or by phoning (02) 4993 4220 to make an appointment to discuss your options.