PHOTO: $2.4m chapel and tea room open at Willowbank
IPSWICH’S largest cemetery is now home to a $2.4Mill new chapel and tea room.
The $2.4 million development has been officially opened at Warrill Park Lawn Cemetery at Anderson Day Drive, Willowbank. The chapel can seat 200 people and also has overflow capacity with state-of-the-art audio facilities throughout. Health and Community Safety Committee Chairwoman Councillor Sheila Ireland said the development meant Ipswich families could complete funeral arrangements in one location. “When a loved one passes it’s an incredibly stressful time for everyone involved,” she said. “Warrill Park is primarily a lawn cemetery but also includes columbarium walls and gardens for memorial of cremated remains. “We hope this new facility will make the process of paying respect just a little bit easier, particularly with the support of the wonderful Warrill Park staff. “I would also like to thank the Health, Security and Regulatory Services Department for their dedication at all of the cemeteries in the Ipswich area.”
Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said the cemetery had been managed by Norwood Park Limited since late 2011. “Norwood has helped countless Ipswich families face one of life’s most challenging times without having to worry about the suitability of their love ones’ final resting place,” he said. “The past 18 months has seen a significant upgrade to the site with a new cremation facility, sealed car park and restroom facilities complementing the latest additions in the chapel and tea room.”