We are currently developing an action plan for the repair of damaged headstones at the Bight Cemetery Wingham.
Council is committed to working with families to ensure the restoration of the headstones that were incorrectly laid down.
We are currently undertaking a review, following which a report will be put to a Council meeting.
Progress on the development of the action plan will be reported on this page, as well as being widely communicated to our community.
To help the community identify if a family member’s headstone has been laid down, the map above has been developed.
Graves marked in green have been identified for repair, and this will be undertaken in consultation with families.
Graves marked in yellow are currently being assessed, also with further consultation to be undertaken with families.
If members of the community believe a headstone has been laid down and is not on this map please let us know via the form below.
An initial assessment has been undertaken, and as a result the number of headstones to be fixed has been increased.
Please check back from time to time as the map will be updated as these assessments occur.
Update: 16 August 2019. Following heritage conservation advice MidCoast Council will be wrapping some of the headstones that were incorrectly laid down at The Bight Cemetery, Wingham over the coming week. A small number of the older headstones that have breaks in them will be wrapped in plastic film to ensure they don’t deteriorate while Council works with families to develop an action plan for their repair. Council is undertaking the wrapping on the advice of their heritage advisor and the National Trust.
Click here to download a copy of the map and to view images of each of the headstones referred to.(PDF, 12MB)
Council’s monument risk assessment program has been stopped while a separate action plan is developed to review this program.
The program will not recommence without broad community consultation.
Council will also consult with its heritage advisor, Heritage Reference Group, the National Trust, Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW and the Office of Environment and Heritage to develop a solution moving forward.
We will also continue to work with the Blight of the Bight Group.
If you would like to register your family’s interest in one of the impacted monuments, please use the form below.