KEY POINTS …
-Varroville Homestead and local residents have been fighting the proposed development since 2013
-the council had its powers to block the application taken away in June last year
IT’s all about money … making lots of it … and inviting more custom from over the seas … due to high immigration and visa manipulation …
Interesting … which lobby group intervened on behalf of the multi faith interests of the Jewish, Muslim and Armenian groups?
Sadly as has happened in Windsor further loss of our Australian Heritage …
NSW Independent Planning Commission orders approval of Campbelltown’s Varroville cemetery
16 JULY 2019
The owners of a heritage-listed property in Sydney’s south-west say a proposed 133-hectare cemetery will “engulf” their homestead, after the State Government intervened to green light the plan.
- The heritage-listed Varroville Homestead, built in 1850, will be in the middle of the cemetery
- Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic said the State Government’s intervention to approve the cemetery was “undemocratic”
- The planned cemetery has space for 136,000 full-body burials
Photo: The Scenic Hills Association
*The NSW Independent Planning Commission yesterday directed the Sydney Western City Planning Panel to approve the Varroville Crown Cemetery.
*The planning commission said the construction of the cemetery, which would allow for 136,000 full-body burials, was in the public interest because of limited burial space near urban growth areas accessible by public transport.
But while multi-faith communities facing dwindling burial space were rejoicing, the local council and the custodians of heritage sites decried the decision as “undemocratic”.
Jacqui Kirkby and her husband Peter Gibbs own the Varroville Homestead, which will be located in middle of the cemetery.
*Varroville Homestead and local residents have been fighting the proposed development since 2013.
The planning commission said the cemetery would have minimal impact on the homestead, but Ms Kirby disagreed.
*“We live on an eight-hectare block that will now be entirely engulfed, 360 degrees, by this cemetery,” she said.
“Who puts a cemetery around a privately-owned state heritage-listed property?”
“There will be roads criss-crossing all over this environmental protection area.”
*The property, established in 1810, was a farming estate, with the homestead built 40 years later.
*Once construction of the cemetery is complete, the site will have six new buildings including a chapel, function building, cafe and gatehouse.
*The proposal has angered the local council, which had its powers to block the application taken away in June last year.
Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic said the construction would destroy Scenic Hills, a protected open space.
“There’s no transparency,” he said.
“It’s undemocratic and it’s really a kick in the guts for the council.”
But NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff said the cemetery approval was a “positive outcome” because religious communities had been facing a critical shortage of space.
“Our friends in the Muslim community were due to run out of burial space within two to three years,” he said.
“In the Jewish community, [we] were due to run out of cemetery land within five years, and for smaller Christian communities such as the Armenians [they were] also [set to run out] within in a very brief time frame.”
The Jewish and Islamic traditions forbid cremation and require permanent and perpetual burial.
Mr Alhadeff said there had been many hiccups in the process to get the site approved.
“The good thing is we can now move forward,” he said.