Clogged Wodonga cemetery car park irritates mourners

Cars parked outside the Wodonga Cemetery amid concerns from mourners and Wodonga Cemetery Trust that they prevent people using the spaces during a funeral. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Cars parked outside the Wodonga Cemetery amid concerns from mourners and Wodonga Cemetery Trust that they prevent people using the spaces during a funeral. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

WODONGA Council will investigate ways to free up Wodonga Cemetery’s car park after mourners have been forced to park at neighbouring businesses.

The move follows complaints of motorists leaving their vehicles at the council-owned Melbourne Road car park all day.

Wodonga Cemetery Trust chairman Allen Cummins said the trust had no control over the car park but was aware of the issue.

“The problem we have come across is that the car park is already half full before mourners arrive for a funeral,” he said.

“It’s an inconvenience for those who arrive to visit the cemetery.

“We have approached the council and are hoping something will come out of this.”

Complaints from mot-orists have been made to the trust and The Border Mail.

Wodonga Council’s business services director Trevor Ierino said there were no time rest-rictions on the council-owned car park.

“The council sees this as a great opportunity to work with people who are using the car park, to understand their parking habits and reasons for using this particular car park,” he said.

“The council will be asking them to respect there needs to be available parking for people attending the cemetery.

“We will be working with them on finding alternative solutions which do not shift the problem to neighbouring areas.

“We are confident that by having discussions we will be able to find a resolution which meets everyone’s needs.”

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