New Mercury Bay Cemetery taking shape 08 October 2013 The first step in constructing the new cemetery at Mercury Bay has just been completed. Road alignment works along with the creation of an entranceway will allow vehicles coming from either Whitianga or Tairua to turn safely into the cemetery site. "We're really pleased to see how the cemetery is starting to take shape," says Council's Mercury Bay Area Office Manager Sam Marshall. The entranceway to the cemetery is now a sealed section of road 6m wide and 40m long. The next section of work will take the road up to the centre of the cemetery site where a carpark will be created. This roading work will be competed in this financial year. "We've also been busy screen planting native trees and bushes including rimu, flaxes and grasses along the main fence line of the cemetery,' says Mr Marshall. "This will ensure these plants are well established by the time the cemetery opens". The Ferry Landing Cemetery is almost at full capacity, which is why Council purchased 5.08ha of existing farmland on SH25 between Whitianga and Tairua for a new cemetery site. Once the new cemetery is opened up it has enough land to allow for more than 150 years of burial and cremation sites. The cemetery is expected to be open in the next three years.