Macarthur Memorial Park
Macarthur Memorial Park is the first greenfield Crown cemetery to be built in Sydney since the 1920’s and will provide essential infrastructure for all denominations and green open space for the growing south west Sydney population.
The development of the memorial park will happen progressively over many years. There are four stages, with 80,000 burial spaces to be provided in the first two stages up to 2140.
Designed for the local community and their future needs.
- The memorial park will be predominately a lawn cemetery with areas available for natural burial, cremated remains, monumental lawns and crypts
- The landscape principle is one of no headstones visible from the main roads with screen planting used for the concealed burial rooms
- A crematorium is a prohibited use on the site
- 35 hectares of publicly accessible parkland including walkways, sculpture park and boardwalk facilities
Buildings and facilities
- Six new buildings to accommodate cemetery and recreational uses, including a multidenominational chapel, function room, café and workshop.
- Restoration of existing historic buildings for public use
- Expanded heritage curtilage around Varro Ville Homestead
- A ‘no build area’ restricted to development as a lawn cemetery to protect the visual landscape.
Parking and access
- Vehicle and pedestrian access via St Andrews Road
- Construction of internal roads, pathways and approximately 280 parking spaces.
The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has recommended the new multi-denominational cemetery and parklands at Varroville for approval. The IPC found that the application was in the public interest as it would address the need for additional cemetery space, is close to urban growth areas and transport options.
A landscape masterplan has been prepared for the entire site by Florence Jaquet Landscape Architect.