A Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust proposal to build a 136,000-plot cemetery has been approved by the New South Wales Independent Planning Commission in a bid to address Sydney’s urgent need for burial space. Source: Daily Telegraph.
The commission yesterday directed the Sydney Western City Planning Panel to approve the project which was first lodged by the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust to Campbelltown City Council in October 2017.
The cemetery, to be located on a 113ha site on St Andrews Road, Varroville, will be developed in four stages. The site was rezoned in 2016 to pave the way for the development.
The project, to be known as Macarthur Memorial Park, had previously been opposed by local Labor MPs Greg Warren and Anoulack Chantivong, Campbelltown City Council and concerned residents.
The cemetery will be located on the Scenic Hills, an iconic landscape which forms a green belt separating the Camden and Campbelltown local government areas.
Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust chief executive Peter O’Meara said the approval meant the trust could help future generations meet the challenges of declining burial space in Sydney.
“This approval ensures the interment practices and beliefs of all religious and cultural groups are respected and provided for,” he said. “We welcome everyone to these world-class facilities and public recreational spaces.”
The approval has also been welcomed by the Riverstone Muslim Cemetery Board and NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.
Independent commission green light 136,000-plot cemetery (Daily Telegraph)