In 2014, 22.65 Ha of land at 582 Hopkins Point Road was identified as the preferred site for the new Warrnambool cemetery
As required by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Warrnambool Cemetery Trust were required to present a Business Case for the purchase of the selected parcel of land. This required:
- Details of the selected land including location, land specifics and capacity into the future
- Justification for selected site
- Consultation from the Environment Protection Authority
- Two valuations with one being from the Valuer-General Victoria
- An Essential Safety Measures Report
- Consultation with relevant stakeholders
- Demonstration of financial capacity of the Warrnambool Cemetery Trust to purchase the land and provide for perpetual maintenance and operational costs.
On 31 December 2015 approval for purchase of the land at 582 Hopkins Point Road was granted and later named “Tooram Memorial Park” by the Warrnambool Cemetery Trust
Tooram Memorial Park was named due to the believed historical significance of the 'Tooram' name. 'The Tooram' initially spelt 'Tuuram', was a tribe or horde of Aboriginals living around Warrnambool.
James Dawson in 1881 recorded the Aboriginal place-name as 'Tuuram', meaning 'The tidal estuary of the River Hopkins'.
In the area between Tooram Memorial Cemetery and Allansford was the Tooram Estate (c.1870s). This was later subdivided to form Tooram Park. The section of the Hopkins River adjacent to this land is Tooram Stones; a renowned fishing spot to this day.
Critchett, J. 1995 'Untold Stories- Memories and Lives of Victorian Kooris'
McLeod, G & B 2006 'Allansford 1855-2006'
Progress at Tooram Memorial Park
It is the intent of the Warrnambool Cemetery Trust to keep our community up-to-date with developments at Tooram Memorial Park. Since purchase of the land and completion of relevant zoning requirements, other activities have included the following:
- Archeological studies were required to ensure no disruption to anything of historical significance, including aboriginal heritage
- Consultation with a neighbouring property owners
- Shelter belts and feature trees have been planted
- A staff member has been appointed on a part-time basis to manage and co-ordinate establishment of the site
- Earthworks are well underway to provide appropriate land fill, leveling and interim roads
- A water tank, pump and bore have been installed
- A shipping container installed for use as a temporary shed
- Equipment including mowers has been purchased
- Temporary signage has been erected
- A consultant has been engaged to assist in drawing up site plans.
The Warrnambool Cemetery Trust and staff would welcome your ideas on our future cemetery at Tooram Memorial Park. If you have thoughts or suggestions, for example regarding layout, design, facilities or landscaping, please feel free to email our Trust Secretary.