Ballina Shire Cemeteries
Ballina Shire Council manages five active cemeteries and one Pioneer Memorial Cemetery.
East Ballina Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the shire. It is a traditional monumental cemetery overlooking the Pacific Ocean in many parts. General burials, lawn burials and columbarium walls (including the Anzac Walls) are available in this cemetery. Ballina Shire Council manages all enquiries regarding reservations for the cemetery and the niche walls. All plaques for the columbarium walls are arranged through Council, with the exception that some Anzac plaques would be ordered by the War Graves Office. Headstones or monuments for the general section can be organised through a local monumental mason.
- East Ballina Cemetery Concept Master Plan (5.9mb pdf)
Council adopted the East Ballina Cemetery Master Plan at the Council meeting of 22 August 2013. Council endorsed the program of capital works to implement the Master Plan by allocating funds in the 2013/14 budget. To view the Council resolution 220813/27 including the capital works program please click here.
Alstonville Cemetery is the second largest cemetery in the shire. It is a rural cemetery on the outskirts of Alstonville village, with encompassing views of farmland, rainforest, canefields and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Alstonville Cemetery has columbarium walls, memorial gardens, lawn burials and general burials. All of these are managed by Ballina Shire Council and we arrange all plaques for the columbarium walls, memorial gardens and lawn cemetery. Headstones or monuments for the general section can be organised through a local monumental mason. There is a long-term plan in place, involving Landcare, for native rainforest reclamation to allow for a memorial walk.
Alstonville Memorial Gardens is available for interment, or as a memorial site only.
Wardell Cemetery is a bush cemetery, being in close proximity to scrubland and with many unmarked gravesites. Wardell Cemetery has general burials and a columbarium wall. Ballina Shire Council arranges the plaques for the columbarium wall. Headstones or monuments for the general section can be organised through a local monumental mason. There is a large Bunjum section in the cemetery.
Rous Cemetery is a country monumental cemetery, sharing its boundary with rainforest and attactive rural vistas. Rous currently only has general burials. There is a 10 year development plan for this cemetery (potential for lawn cemetery, memorial walks etc). Headstones or monuments for this cemetery can be organised through a local monumental mason.
Tintenbar Cemetery is the smallest cemetery and provides for general burials only. Headstones or monuments for this cemetery can be organised through a local monumental mason.
The Pioneer Memorial Cemetery is in Pioneer Park near Missingham Bridge. This is not an active cemetery.
Many gravesites in East Ballina and Wardell appear to be empty but are in fact unmarked graves. This is sometimes due to the fact that a headstone/monument has not been placed, but is often due to a wooden cross being placed which has been destroyed by bush/heath fires.
The general section of the cemeteries is generally grouped according to religion - but you do not need to belong to a particular religion to reserve an allotment or be buried there.
Ballina Shire Council does not accept advance payment for future burial costs.
- guidelines for Monuments and Memorials on Public Land (extract from the Use of Public Land Handbook)
provides information on how to make a reservation in Ballina Shire Cemeteries - for burial or interment of ashes.Read more
provides information on arranging plaques and monuments in Ballina Shire cemeteries.Read more
provides information on what the Right of Burial is, and who has the Right of Burial.Read more