Construction Begins at Macarthur Memorial Park

 

Construction commenced in May on a world-class memorial and parkland destination at Varroville in south-west Sydney, providing the people of Campbelltown with a new place to enjoy, gather and exercise.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site on 27 February 2020 and attended by representatives of operator Catholic Cemeteries + Crematoria (CC+C) and partners from government, industry and the community.

The parklands will also feature a new memorial park with 136,000 burial plots to be established over the next 100 years, partly fulfilling the pressing need for space in Sydney’s rapidly growing and diverse multi-cultural population.

A 2017 government report found that if there is no change to existing cremation and grave occupancy rates, cemetery capacity in metropolitan Sydney would be exhausted by 2051.

CEO of the not-for-profit CC+C, Mr Peter O’Meara said “We are delighted to commence the construction of these new parklands, which will feature facilities for the local community such as lakes, walking tracks and café, creating a place of peace and reflection for the whole community.

“We will be adopting a successful overseas model where memorial parklands are now quiet and beautiful places of recreation for all the family, with groves of trees, lakes and open space. For all intents and purposes they are not cemeteries but beautiful open spaces”, he added.

He added it was a win for the local community who do not want to travel long distances to bury or visit their deceased relatives from the area.

“We will ensure that the burial plots are discreetly positioned in “burial rooms” and ensure the interment practices and beliefs of all religious and cultural groups are respected, with a state of the art chapel and function centre”, he added.

For further information call:

Tim Allerton, Ph:0412 715 707