29 April 2020

New chapel to meet future demand at Frenchs Forest cemetery

One of Sydney’s leading not-for-profit Crown land managers plans to build a new chapel within the grounds of Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery to better serve its community.

Northern Cemeteries CEO Pauline Tritton, who oversees the cemetery, believes the development will address a shortage of cemetery capacity in Metropolitan Sydney as identified by the NSW Government.

“The new chapel is part of some major work we are undertaking to expand our capacity and improve the general amenity and attractiveness of the site,” Mrs Tritton said.

“This development will help us to better service current and future generations of our diverse communities with their individual cultural, traditional and religious needs.”

A development application for the project, supported by a Statement of Environmental Effects, will be submitted to Northern Beaches Council.

Designed by Hector Abrahams Architects the purpose-built chapel will accommodate up to 131 people, with a tiered structure and use of natural materials intended to sensitively complement the existing natural bushland setting. Expert ecologists, environmentalists and arborists have been engaged to ensure minimal impact, with proposed landscaping and additional tree planting set to create a net increase in native vegetation.

Other works include new gathering spaces, colonnade, amenities, five-metre-wide driveway for hearses with accessible access, alterations to existing administration building and function room, car parking spaces, and pathways.

Strict COVID-19 controls on small gatherings prevented a community consultation workshop from being held in March, however, Northern Cemeteries has informed neighbouring residents of the proposed development and welcomes comment.

“Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery is a valuable community asset and a popular drawcard for those nearby who regularly visit to enjoy some exercise, quiet contemplation, or to pay their respects to loved ones,” Mrs Tritton explained.

“Our top priority has been to sensitively manage this peaceful natural resource to meet all the functional demands of an active modern cemetery while also preparing for future requirements.”

“We are excited to not only enhance our current offering but also increase our capacity to ensure everyone in the community has dependable access to caring, respectful funeral services and memorialisation.”

For more project details:(02) 9805 0499 or email 

For more information and to arrange media interviews: Melinda Smith – 0408 565 593

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Northern Cemeteries would like to inform you of the following measures and precautions we are putting in place in response to coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the safety of families and the general public, we are limiting indoor funeral services to a maximum of 20 mourners.

Outdoor Burials allow a maximum of 30 mourners, who must maintain a safe social distance from one another.

We offer excellent free web-casting facilities for all those who are unable to attend chapel services and can conduct enquiries over the phone where necessary.

The cemetery continues to be open 6am to 6pm 7 days a week.

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. Saturdays 9am to 4pm.

For all enquiries, please call our Customer Care team on 02 9805 0499.

Northern Cemeteries will continue to take all steps to care for our families and the community.