Gosford City Council - general information for Council cemeteries.
General Lawn Cemeteries
The following information is supplied to assist those that may wish to reserve a site, or may need to purchase a site for an immediate need burial, or placement of ashes.
Both Point Clare and Wamberal Cemeteries have General Lawn Sections, Memorial Gardens for the placement of ashes, and the old Denominational Sections.
The old denominational sections of the cemeteries are closed, however burials can be carried out in pre-reserved sites, which have the capacity for further burials or placements of ashes.
The location of a deceased person, recorded as buried in either Point Clare Cemetery or Wamberal Cemetery, can be found using our online Council Cemeteries Name Search facility.
Download our cemeteries fact sheet (PDF File, 1.1mb) for important information about our cemeteries.
Hours of Operation
Point Clare Cemetery
- Open 24 Hours
- 6.00am - 8.00pm (October to April)
- 6.00am - 6.30pm (May to September)
Plans of Management
Plans of management for each of the cemeteries are available for public access:
- Download the Point Clare Cemetery Plan of Management (PDF File, 3.1mb)
- Download the Wamberal Cemetery Plan of Management (PDF File, 3.1mb)
Locality and Section Maps
Locality and section maps for each of Council's cemeteries are now available for view:
- Locality Map for Point Clare Cemetery
- Section Map for Point Clare cemetery (PDF File, 592kb)
- Locality Map for Wamberal Cemetery
- Section Map for Wamberal cemetery (PDF File, 362kb)
Restrictions and Conditions
Within the cemeteries certain conditions apply, they are as follows:-
- The placing of objects, and the planting of trees, shrubs, plants and grasses, in the lawn area is prohibited.
- The planting of trees, shrubs plants or grasses, and the placing of artificial flowers, glass or objects in the Memorial Gardens is prohibited.
- Application must be made to Council to erect a headstone, or carry out repairs/restoration work. The holder of the burial licence must apply in writing, stating the cemetery, location of the grave, the deceased name, and type of work. The current permit fee is payable on application.
- All monumental work must be carried out by a qualified stone/monumental mason and be of a non-corrosive material, and comply with Council requirements.
To make a reservation Council requires written application stating the cemetery, and area required. The application must state the full name and address of the person/persons to whom the Burial Licence is to be issued.
A Burial Licence will be issued in the holder’s name, stating details of the Cemetery, Section, Row and Grave Number. The purchase of a burial licence entitles the owner to:-
- exclusive right of burial in one (1) grave site
- turfing of the grave
- perpetual maintenance of the grave
Application for a Burial Permit
Permission to open a pre-reserved site or re-open a grave for a burial must be made in writing by the holder of the Burial Licence, or an agent nominated in writing by the holder. The Burial Licence must be produced to Council as proof of ownership.
If the holder is deceased, the holder’s executor or heirs must provide proof of authority to request the opening of the grave, e.g. a copy of the deceased holder’s Will, stating executors, or a Statutory Declaration may be acceptable.
Unless stated otherwise all graves are prepared to accommodate two (2) adult burials and up to four placements of ashes.
Within a full size plot, provision for a still-born pocket can be made, (providing the still-born is the first burial in the plot).
Ashes may be placed in the Memorial Gardens and also graves in the General Lawn Section, at both cemeteries. Arrangements may also be made to have ashes placed around a Memorial Tree or scattered.
All of Council's cemetery forms are available for download from the electronic forms section of this site.
Fees and Charges
All fees and charges relating to Council cemeteries can be viewed from the fees and charges section of this web site.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Burial Licence?
A Burial Licence grants exclusive access to a particular grave site within the cemetery stated. When a person applies to purchase a Burial Licence, information should be given as to the name of the person to whom the Burial Licence is to be issued. The person is referred to as the Holder.
Does the holder own the land where the grave is?
No. The holder's entitlement is limited to access to the burial site stated on the Burial Licence.
Can anyone apply to have a burial in a reserved grave site?
The holder (or agent appointed in writing by the holder) must apply in writing for a Permit to Bury.
How many burials may take place in the grave sites?
There can be two (2) burials in the one grave plus up to 4 placements of ashes.
If the holder dies, or is not available, who owns the Burial Right?
The Burial Licence is considered to be part of the holder's estate. The holder's executor or heirs and successors would usually administer the burial right under these circumstances. Proof of authority is required in this case.
Can anyone place a headstone on the grave?
No, the holder (or agent nominated in writing by the holder) must make application.
Can I plant trees, shrubs, plants or grasses on the grave site?
No. The lawn area of the grave is to be kept clear at all times to allow maintenance of the grave.
Who is responsible for the headstone?
The holder is responsible for the maintenance of the headstone.
Can I sell or transfer my Burial Licence to another person?
The Burial Licence may be transferred to another person. The transfer section of the Burial Licence must be completed and returned to Council in order for records to be changed. It is entirely between the parties concerned if money is exchanged. The holder may transfer the Right back to Council and be reimbursed the amount that was originally paid for the grave site. A transfer fee applies.
Further information may be obtained from Council's Cemeteries Officer
Telephone - 4325 8166 (Monday to Wednesday).
Further information may also be available from the following web sites: