Port Lincoln's Pioneer Cemetery looking better

RESTORED: Jo Utting is happy with the restored stone wall dividing the Happy Valley and Pioneer cemeteries.
RESTORED: Jo Utting is happy with the restored stone wall dividing the Happy Valley and Pioneer cemeteries.

A local history tour guide has welcomed recent restoration work at Port Lincoln’s Pioneer Cemetery.

In the last financial year the council completed work on rebuilding the historic stone wall separating the Happy Valley and Pioneer cemeteries and removed some problematic Cypress pine trees.

The council’s community infrastructure manager Nigel Melzner said the trees had damaged some grave sites and had fallen in storms.

“Many of the Cypress trees were self planted, were not in desirable locations and didn’t add to amenities,” he said.

It’s an important open space...it’s really important to the community and visitors that we take pride in it.

Nigel Melzner

Mr Melzner said the council had also been re-gravelling walkways between grave sites and planned to plant new jacaranda trees in more suitable locations.

He said the council had budgeted for work to happen in the next financial year.

“We’ve left gaps in the stone wall so people can walk between the cemeteries and wide enough gaps for jacaranda trees to grow,” he said.

“It’s an important open space...it’s really important to the community and visitors that we take pride in it.”

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Mr Melzner said work had been done by council staff, contractors and Work for the Dole participants.

Port Lincoln History Group president Jo Utting runs tours at the Pioneer Cemetery and said the change had been noticeable.

“You can actually see the graves, you don’t have to climb under trees and things,” she said.

“It’s such a special place that deserves reverence and looking after.”

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