SUNSHINE Coast Council is searching for land for cemetery purposes and an extension of Mapleton cemetery could become an option.
Local residents, including well-known Mapleton man Ted McCosker, said the cemetery could become a central burial ground for the northern hinterland.
Very little space has been used in the cemetery, which is located on Delicia Rd, since it opened in 1891.
A council spokesman said the cemetery was in a heavily treed and bushland environment, and had been left in its current state to ensure it retained its rural and historical significance.
"There have only been 100 burials within the cemetery, which equates to less than one burial a year," the spokesman said.
The council recently released the Sunshine Coast Cemetery Plan 2012-2027 to enhance the delivery of the region's cemetery services over the next 15 years.
Cemeteries in Caloundra, Mooloolah and Tewantin are nearing capacity. Mapleton Cemetery is one location where plenty of space remains.
Mr McCosker said Mapleton cemetery was worth being used as a "full blown cemetery" not only for Mapleton but also the surrounding areas.
"We might as well utilise the space," he said.
"The area covers five acres, and from what I measured only 2000sq m is being used in the cemetery at the moment."
Mr McCosker said the cemetery would need improved access and facilities before council could expand it.
"A lot of elderly come here to see their loved ones," he said.
"But the parking is away from the cemetery, which means they have to cross a dangerous road, and walk up a dirt track to get to the burial sites.
"The facilities really need to be upgraded.
"It doesn't even have wheelchair access for people with disabilities."