Coun­cil plots to im­prove land

GOV­ERN­MENT TRANS­FERS OWN­ER­SHIP OF 9HA

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

BLACK­TOWN Coun­cil has taken over land sur­round­ing St Batholomew’s Ceme­tery to help com­bat the short­age of burial plots.

The Depart­ment of Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment trans­ferred 9ha of land to the coun­cil last week.

The trans­fer in­cludes the her­itage-listed Prospect post of­fice and land around his­tor­i­cal prop­erty Neo­bile in Mt Druitt.

With ceme­tery space in the area al­most at ca­pac­ity, the land near St Bartholomew’s was a wel­comed gift from the State Gov­ern­ment.

Black­town Deputy Mayor Jac­que­line Don­ald­son said: “It will en­able us to have another ceme­tery in the LGA which we so des­per­ately need.”

A Lands Depart­ment spokesman said avail­able burial sites across the greater metropoli­tan Syd­ney would reach ca­pac­ity within 30 to 40 years.

“St Batholomew’s Ceme­tery is cur­rently un­able to sell new burial rights and the ad­di­tional land will en­able the coun­cil to plan for fu­ture need,” he said.

The land trans­fer also al­lows the coun­cil to im­prove the gar­dens sur­round­ing Neo­bile and the for­mer Prospect post of­fice.

Ms Don­ald­son said the land trans­fer would al­low the coun­cil to re­store the Prospect post of­fice, de­velop two land­scaped gate­ways to the city and em­bel­lish lands ad­ja­cent to Neo­bile.

NSW Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Rob Stokes said: “This is the time to in­vest in parks and re- serves to open up space for one of Syd­ney’s ma­jor growth cen­tres and en­sure fu­ture res­i­dents of western Syd­ney have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy their neigh­bour­hood.”

Mul­goa state Lib­eral MP Tanya Davies also wel­comed the change.

“We want to make sure our com­mu­nity has the open public space to com­ple­ment the growth we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in western Syd­ney,” Mrs Davies said.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Black­town Coun­cil will im­prove the land around Neo­bile, where Sue Fitzger­ald was born.

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