Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery Gardens

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Consultation has concluded

Gardening works in progress at Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery

Guruk - Traditional Birpai name for Port Macquarie

You may have noticed that the signage is now in place. Over the coming days this signage will develop a rusty patina which will give it an aged look. Planning is now underway for artwork to be sandblasted onto the walls.

Work is also underway to create a pathway down to a soon to be upgraded arboretum. Other work includes refreshing the picnic shelters and removing those that are now beyond repair and assessing the health of the trees.

A community session with regular users of the arboretum and the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park identified a desire to seen bbq's and a sculptural place piece in this space. A concept will be developed over the next couple of weeks based on these ideas.

This project is a joint project by Port Macquarie Hastings Council and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Port Macquarie.

For more information about the proposed garden work, contact Mike Olzomer on (02) 6581 8111 or email mike.olzomer@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

Guruk - Traditional Birpai name for Port Macquarie

You may have noticed that the signage is now in place. Over the coming days this signage will develop a rusty patina which will give it an aged look. Planning is now underway for artwork to be sandblasted onto the walls.

Work is also underway to create a pathway down to a soon to be upgraded arboretum. Other work includes refreshing the picnic shelters and removing those that are now beyond repair and assessing the health of the trees.

A community session with regular users of the arboretum and the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park identified a desire to seen bbq's and a sculptural place piece in this space. A concept will be developed over the next couple of weeks based on these ideas.

This project is a joint project by Port Macquarie Hastings Council and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Port Macquarie.

For more information about the proposed garden work, contact Mike Olzomer on (02) 6581 8111 or email mike.olzomer@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

Consultation has concluded
  • Have you noticed the work is continuing?

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    If you have journeyed past the Historic Cemetery Gardens recently, you will have noticed that the next stage of work has started to finish the planned upgrade to this area.

    Landscaping work is underway and a number of magnificent grass trees from a local specialist nursery have been recently planted.

    A new concept for the western signage area has recently been approved by Council (see design(External link)). The original concept has been revised to reduce excavations and the need for the presence of an archaeologist.

    The new plan also includes input from the Birpai Land Council with a Welcome to Country sign incorporating the aboriginal word for the Port Macquarie area: Guruk.

    This project is a joint project by Port Macquarie Hastings Council and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Port Macquarie.For more information about the proposed garden work, contact Mike Olzomer on (02) 6581 8111 or emailmike.olzomer@pmhc.nsw.gov.au(External link)


  • New signage concept

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    New signage approved by Council March 2016. Click here for larger version




  • Update September 2015

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    You may have noticed that the early part of the work is starting to happen on site as the project moves from concept to reality. This work which is being done in accordance with the NSW Heritage Office, will open up the views into the historic cemetery, create seating and refresh some of the planting.

    Over the coming months you will notice:

    • The rock walling and signage will be removed.
    • Landscaping will be improved.
    • Additional seating will be installed
    • A paved viewing area created at the top of the hill with interpretive signage.

    During the works phase, a heritage consultant and archaeologist will supervise works as needed.


  • What has happened so far...

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    This well known and much photographed space is in desperate need for a makeover.

    The gardens are part of what is known as the 'Second Burying Ground' and are listed on the NSW State Heritage Register (SRH) as having significance to the State of NSW.

    After discussions with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, a proposal has been developed and we would like to hear your views.

    You can have your say about proposed work to these gardens by:



  • Proposed future work

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    The proposed works to the Port Macquarie Historical Gardens will see the gardens retaining their size, with more compact garden areas and an increase in the lawn area.