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Property bubble not grave concern
Expansion of the Christ the Redeemer Mausoleum at Woden Cemetery is expected to keep prices down.
The priciest resting spot at
Melbourne s General Cemetery
passing the $1 million mark caused
some to ask how much it may cost to
be laid to rest in the national capital.
The six-figure price was for a family
mausoleum room with 24 casket
spaces in the cemetery, founded on
Melbourne s northern fringe in 1852.
In Canberra, an eight-space family
estate in the Christ the Redeemer
Mausoleum at Woden Cemetery is the
largest offering and will set you back
Canberra Cemeteries chief
executive Hamish Horne said while
technically it was possible to sell a
grave privately, the ACT market for
this sort of thing was almost non-
There wouldn t even be one open
market sale every year, he said.
What happened in Melbourne with
that particular one, there will only be
one or two sold like that so that is a
rare occurrence too.
Mr Horne said the high price for the
large above-ground mausoleum in
Melbourne was likely the result of low
supply in an area challenged to
When cemeteries sold out of space
and all that remained were unused
burial reservations he said other
jurisdictions had witnessed the market
for private sales boom.
The Melbourne Cemetery is an
example of this as they are getting full,
as is Woden. In future, people here
may want to divest themselves of
graves that way, he said.
It is a result of less supply in
mature areas but we are not there yet
and don t suspect we will be for some
All six family estates in the Christ
the Redeemer Mausoleum have sold
but a multimillion-dollar expansion is
hoped to increase supply and prevent
demand driving up prices, Mr Horne
The existing mausoleum has a
capacity of 308 spaces including six,
eight-space family estates.
Once extended the mausoleum will
allow for an extra 280 spaces including
two new family estates that are
expected to be available for sale by
September this year.
Despite the rising cost of graves in
bigger cities and drive towards
cremation as a more affordable
alternative, Mr Horne said lawn graves
were still the most popular burial with
internment choices available at
Woden, Gungahlin and Hall.
Council to mark
The Inner South Combined
Community Council is celebrating five
years since its formation this month.
Apart from its role as a conduit
relaying public concerns about traffic,
planning, heritage and community
services, council president Gary Kent
said it had worked to counter
stereotypes about the inner south since
its formation on July 7, 2010.
"One of the biggest challenges has
been the perception is we are all
NIMBYs," he said.
"Everybody thinks the inner south is
made up of many silvertails but there
are many pockets of disadvantage and
public housing levels in Old
Narrabundah and Oaks Estate are
among the highest in the ACT."
Through political battles about Mr
Fluffy homes or relocation of Manuka
child care to the Telopea Park School
tennis courts, the council was
committed to retaining community
open space for residents and ensuring
a suburb s historical character was
"After the five years, I think we have
finally found our mojo, Mr Kent said.
We are looking forward to the next
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