Welcome to Centenary Memorial Gardens, where we are dedicated to creating a lasting legacy for our community. We are excited to share our MID (Ministerial Infrastructure Designation) Application, a significant step forward in our commitment to providing quality public and community infrastructure. Through this application, we aim to secure the vision of Centenary Memorial Gardens for generations to come.

At Centenary Memorial Gardens, we understand the importance of planning for the future. Our MID Application represents our forward-thinking approach, allowing us to expand our existing offerings and develop new facilities that meet the evolving needs of our diverse community. We firmly believe that by securing this designation, we can enhance the experience of our visitors, provide a broader range of interment options, and preserve the natural beauty of our surroundings.

In this section, you will find comprehensive information about our MID Application and the benefits it brings to our community. We invite you to explore the details, understand the significance of this process and join us in embracing a future rooted in meaningful memorialisation, thoughtful development and a commitment to the well-being of all who visit our grounds.

Let’s build a foundation that honours the past, celebrates the present, and creates a legacy for future generations.

We welcome your feedback on this project. If you would like to provide feedback on the preliminary concept plan, please submit your query below by 10 November 2023. 



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About Centenary Memorial Gardens (CMG)

Welcome to Centenary Memorial Gardens, a place of solace, reflection and everlasting beauty. We are honoured to introduce ourselves to you and share our mission and vision as a cherished part of Brisbane’s most picturesque cemetery and crematorium.

Who Are We?

Centenary Memorial Gardens (CMG) is more than just a final resting place for your loved ones. For over 22 years, we have been dedicated to providing quality public and community infrastructure that serves the needs of our community. Nestled at 353 Wacol Station Road in Sumner, Queensland, we are committed to preserving the natural environment while offering spaces for funeral services, ash memorialisation and burial grounds that respond to the changing needs of our community.

Viewing the secret garden at Centenary Memorial Gardens looking down the garden path with rode gardens either side and sweeping sky with wind blown clouds

Preserving our Precious Land, Shaping our Future.

As custodians of our land resource, we understand its value, just like the loved ones in our care. That’s why our future planning takes centre stage in our priorities. Through careful consideration and forward-thinking, we aim to create a meaningful and lasting impact on our community for generations to come.

Shaping the Future: Seeking Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID).

In line with our long-term vision, CMG is currently pursuing a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID). This designation will empower us to expand our memorialisation offerings, develop new burial and cremation areas and cater to the cultural needs of our diverse community. We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and remain committed to honouring our vision for generations to come.

Nurturing Nature, Cultivating Connection.

At CMG, we believe in the power of connection to nature and one another. Our grounds are thoughtfully designed to care for and enhance the native flora and fauna, creating a serene and peaceful setting for reflection. By providing quality reflection spaces, we honour the past, embrace the present and shape a brighter future together.

Preserving our Precious Land, Shaping our Future.

As custodians of our land resource, we understand its value, just like the loved ones in our care. That’s why our future planning takes centre stage in our priorities. Through careful consideration and forward-thinking, we aim to create a meaningful and lasting impact on our community for generations to come.

Shaping the Future: Seeking Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID).

In line with our long-term vision, CMG is currently pursuing a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID). This designation will empower us to expand our memorialisation offerings, develop new burial and cremation areas and cater to the cultural needs of our diverse community. We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and remain committed to honouring our vision for generations to come.

Nurturing Nature, Cultivating Connection.

At CMG, we believe in the power of connection to nature and one another. Our grounds are thoughtfully designed to care for and enhance the native flora and fauna, creating a serene and peaceful setting for reflection. By providing quality reflection spaces, we honour the past, embrace the present and shape a brighter future together.

Australian BOAB (aka bottle tree) at Centenary Memorial Gardens with kangaroos in the background enjoying the shade. Taken at the new outdoor chapel.
Families and guests of Centenary Memorial Gardens sitting in chairs covering the grassed area outside Centenary Memorial Gardens main Admin Area. They are enjoying the Christmas Carols at the 2022 Christmas Event.

Enhanced Community Facilities:

The MID Application allows us to expand our existing memorialization offerings and develop new burial and cremation areas that cater to the cultural needs of our diverse community. By securing the designation, we can provide improved and modernised facilities that meet the evolving needs of our community for generations to come.

 

Viewing the new sites below the new outdoor chapel which overlook tranquil bushland.

Increased Interment Options:

With the MID approval, we can create additional interment options within our cemetery grounds. This expansion will address the acute need for burial spaces in Brisbane’s growing and diverse population. By offering more choices for final resting places, we ensure that families have access to dignified and personalized options that honor their loved ones’ memories.

 

View of the water feature in the centre of Centenary Memorial Gardens which is in the middle of a lake and surrounded by some of CMG's most tranquil burial and cremation gardens.

Preserving Natural Beauty and Open Spaces:

Our MID Application focuses on responsible development that integrates seamlessly with the natural landscape. By carefully planning and designing the expansion, we can preserve and enhance the beauty of our surroundings, including the rolling hills and spacious grounds. This approach ensures that our community continues to enjoy open and serene spaces for reflection, recreation, and connection with nature.

The Pavilion – Honouring Life’s Journey

A Sacred Space for Future Reflection and Connection

Centenary Memorial Gardens is excited to unveil our visionary plan: The Pavilion. Designed as a symbol of reverence and unity, The Pavilion will serve as a sacred space where loved ones can gather to honour and celebrate the journey of those who have passed.

Embracing Eastern Symbolism and the natural beauty of our surroundings, The Pavilion’s planned design promises to be a harmonious blend of architectural elegance and tranquil elements. With an open layout that fosters a sense of community, it will provide a comforting setting for future services and remembrance.

Envisioned with a large overhanging roof, The Pavilion will extend toward the landscape, creating an inviting shaded area while maximising the awe-inspiring views of the North and West. Reflective ponds, strategically placed on the East and North sides, will purify the space with their gentle rhythm of natural light, adding an ethereal touch to every future service.

The use of materials such as steel, timber, and concrete will reflect the inherent qualities found in nature, creating a timeless aesthetic that resonates with tranquillity. The Pavilion’s planned capacity to comfortably accommodate 200 people ensures that it will serve as a solemn yet inclusive space for all families and communities, offering a lasting tribute to the lives and legacies of our cherished ones.

Step into our vision of The Pavilion, where memories will be cherished, connections will be forged and the journey of life will be honoured.

An artists impression of the new pavilion which is inspired by eastern symbolism and will offer a new space for services at Centenary Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Crematorium.

Key Features of The Pavilion

Architectural Elegance: The Pavilion embodies a harmonious blend of architectural elegance and natural beauty, creating a sacred space for reflection and connection.

Open Design: With its open floor plan, The Pavilion fosters a sense of community, providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for services and remembrance.

Overhanging Roof: The large overhanging roof extends towards the landscape, maximising the shaded area and enhancing the overall aesthetics of the structure.

Reflective Ponds: Strategically placed reflective ponds purify the space and create a gentle rhythm of natural light, adding an ethereal and serene ambience during services.

Capacity: The Pavilion comfortably accommodates 200 people, ensuring ample space for families and communities to gather and pay tribute to their loved ones.

Thoughtful Materials: The use of materials such as steel, timber and concrete reflects the qualities found in nature, creating a timeless and tranquil atmosphere.

Architects Proposed Design for the Lotus Gardens showing the new service area which is centred in the Japanese style gardens.

Lotus Gardens – A Serene Future Awaits

Serenity Unveiled: Embracing Tradition and Natural Beauty

Centenary Memorial Gardens envisions the creation of a remarkable space: the Lotus Gardens. Drawing inspiration from the rich traditions and design principles of Eastern culture, this future sanctuary will provide a serene oasis for tranquillity and reflection.

Stepping into our planned Zen Garden will transport you to a world of natural harmony and balance. Meticulously sculpted and manicured landscapes will showcase our commitment to both tradition and environmental stewardship. Carefully selected plantings, including Lotus flowers, Frangipanis, Magnolias, Crepe Myrtles, Camellias and Japanese Maples, will form a symphony of colours, scents and textures throughout the seasons.

The garden’s design will embrace the principles of Feng Shui, ensuring that every element is thoughtfully placed to promote positive energy flow and emotional well-being. As you wander along the envisioned stepped garden terraces, you’ll experience a sense of serenity and a profound connection with nature.

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The architects impression of showing the side view of the proposed Lotus Gardens and the new Pavilion showing that the Pavilion sits higher than the gardens which step down, maximising the view for each level with burial and cremation sites available at Centenary Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Crematorium.

Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of a future naturalistic stream, gracefully meandering through the garden. Cross the planned zig-zag bridges, symbolising protection and spiritual connectivity, as you explore the tranquil space. Adjacent to the stream, an informal ashes memorial garden will provide a serene place for quiet remembrance.

Our future Chinese and Japanese Zen Garden will be a haven for those seeking solitude, a place for profound reflection, or a serene gathering spot for loved ones. It will be a testament to our commitment to creating spaces that honour our diverse community and provide solace during times of remembrance.

Unveil serenity, embrace tradition and anticipate finding inner peace within the enchanting embrace of our planned Chinese and Japanese Zen Garden.

Key Features of The Lotus Gardens

Tranquil Setting: The Chinese and Japanese Zen Garden provides a serene and peaceful oasis, offering a place for contemplation, reflection and connection with nature.

Traditional Design Principles: The garden embraces the design principles of traditional Chinese and Japanese culture, incorporating elements such as Feng Shui and meticulous landscaping. Thoughtful Plantings: Carefully selected plantings including Lotus flowers, Frangipanis, Magnolias, Crepe Myrtles, Camellias and Japanese Maples create a symphony of colours, scents and textures throughout the seasons.

Stepped Garden Terraces: The envisioned stepped garden terraces offer a visually captivating landscape, providing various spaces for interments, remembrance and quiet reflection.

Naturalistic Stream and Bridges: A naturalistic stream meandering through the garden, along with zig-zag bridges, symbolizes protection and spiritual connectivity, enhancing the overall tranquillity of the space.

Ashes Memorial Garden: Adjacent to the stream, an informal ashes memorial garden offers a serene and intimate area for quiet remembrance and honouring the departed.

Cultural Sensitivity: The Chinese and Japanese Zen Garden caters to cultural needs, providing a space that embraces tradition and offers a peaceful sanctuary for individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.

As we embark on these planned developments, we remain steadfast in our commitment to preserving the natural beauty that surrounds Centenary Memorial Gardens. Our designs harmoniously blend with the existing landscape, ensuring the protection and enhancement of the native flora and fauna environment. Through careful long-term planning, we strive to create a lasting legacy that not only meets the evolving needs of our community but also provides a haven for an abundance of wildlife. The Pavilion and The Lotus Garden will serve as beacons of serenity, embracing the past, present and future in a seamless embrace.

The Pavilion: A Gathering Place for Comfort and Support

Step into the future as we introduce the Pavilion, a contemporary venue designed to provide a comforting space where families and friends can come together to honour and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. With its open design inspired by Eastern symbolism, the Pavilion offers a welcoming environment that accommodates larger gatherings while maintaining a sense of intimacy. From its large overhanging roof that maximizes shaded areas to the twelve off-form concrete columns mirroring the strength and harmony found in nature, the Pavilion is poised to become a cornerstone of solace and support during times of loss.

The Lotus Garden: Serenity in Nature’s Embrace

Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of our planned Chinese and Japanese Zen Garden, a haven where nature and spirituality intertwine. Inspired by the timeless principles of Zen and Feng Shui, this exquisitely designed garden will be a testament to our commitment to cultural inclusivity and reverence for tradition. Stroll along the stepped terraces, guided by the gentle flow of a naturalistic stream and the harmony of carefully selected plantings. Take a moment to pause at the reflective ponds, where the interplay of light and water creates a serene atmosphere for reflection and contemplation. The Chinese and Japanese Zen Garden will provide a sanctuary for visitors to find solace, connect with nature and honour their heritage.

At Centenary Memorial Gardens, we understand the importance of cherishing and celebrating the lives of our loved ones. Through our special events and services, we provide meaningful opportunities for families to come together and remember and honour those who have touched our hearts.

A Time for Reflection: Mother’s Day Memorial Services

Our Mother’s Day celebrations are a heartfelt memorial service dedicated to the extraordinary bond between mothers and their children. Our serene gardens provide the perfect backdrop for this special occasion as we gather to remember and celebrate the love and cherished memories shared with our mothers. During 2023, the soothing melodies of a string quartet filled the air, adding a touch of elegance and beauty to the air while families came together from far and wide.

Embracing the Spirit of the Season: Christmas Carols and Fireworks

We embrace the magic of the holiday season with our annual Christmas event. During 2022 an enchanting evening of carols resonated with the warmth and joy of the season, as voices united in song. During this celebration, we remember the cherished moments spent with loved ones who are no longer with us as delicate fairy lights illuminate our hearts with the spirit of love and remembrance. These events are thoughtfully designed to create a space for reflection, connection, and honouring the lives that have shaped our own. We invite families of loved ones in our care to be part of these special moments as we come together to celebrate their legacy.

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