Council plots to improve land
GOVERNMENT TRANSFERS OWNERSHIP OF 9HA
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.
Blacktown Council will improve the land around Neobile, where Sue Fitzgerald was born.