Seat­ing and shade at new chapel

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

SIT­TING at the high­est point of the Kan­danga Ceme­tery, over­look­ing the rolling hills of the Mary Val­ley is the newly con­structed Bunya Creek Chapel.

The $55,000 project will be for­mally un­veiled later this year.

Julie Worth, from the Kan­danga Ceme­tery As­so­ci­a­tion, said the non-de­nom­i­na­tional chapel was de­signed with the Val­ley’s com­mu­nity in mind.

“We have al­ways had shade and seat­ing prob­lems (at the Kan­danga Ceme­tery site),” Mrs Worth Said.

“It can get very hot, (es­pe­cially) when tra­di­tion­ally fu­ner­als are held dur­ing the mid­dle of the day.

“We (Kan­danga Ceme­tery As­so­ci­a­tion) were al­ways hav­ing to put up shade and carry chairs.

“We thought a per­ma­nent struc­ture would fix that prob­lem,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Worth, the struc­ture can com­fort­ably seat about 90 peo­ple, with stand­ing room near the build­ing able to ac­com­mo­date an ad­di­tional 70.

The Kan­danga Ceme­tery is the only burial site be­tween Gympie and Ke­nil­worth and pro­vides Mary Val­ley res­i­dents with the abil­ity to farewell loved ones lo­cally.

The name of the build­ing is de­rived from the Bunya Creek town­ship, which was es­tab­lished where the cur­rent ceme­tery is now lo­cated.

Mrs Worth said the name paid homage to the his­tory of the area.

PHO­TOS: TOM DAUNT

NEW: The re­cently con­structed Bunya Creek Chapel at Kan­danga Ceme­tery.

Julie Worth from the Kan­danga Ceme­tery As­so­ci­a­tion.

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