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Managing supply of burial land to meet customer needs

With many Sydney cemeteries beginning to reach capacity in available land, cemetery managers are striving to maximise burial space within their existing grounds. Metropolitan Memorial Parks was established to unite Northern Metropolitan Cemeteries, Rookwood General Cemetery, and Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries, with our remit being to work with the NSW Government to manage the cemetery land issue and meet community demand.

At Metropolitan Memorial Parks, availability of burial allotments across our memorial parks varies, and this is particularly evident within some of our dedicated religious and cultural areas. To address this, where demand is high and availability of allotments is limited, we prioritise those with an immediate need for a burial. This enables us to ensure that during life’s most challenging moments, those in need can be accommodated.

Our commitment to serving the community extends to offering pre-purchase burial allotments where possible. While allotments may not be available for pre-purchase in all areas, families have a range of choices, especially when they are flexible regarding location. As a general guideline, non-denominational areas typically offer more availability.

In our ongoing efforts to address shortage of cemetery land, we are working closely with the NSW Government to identify long-term solutions. This includes, seeking opportunities to acquire suitable land for new cemeteries, maximising the use of remaining land within our existing memorial parks, and exploring cemetery renewal projects.

To enquire about the availability of pre-purchase allotments across our memorial parks, contact us here.

Grounds Maintenance and Projects Update

Our grounds team are dedicated to maintaining our cemetery grounds so they look their best at all times throughout the year. Our maintenance schedule includes year-round tasks such as lawn mowing, brush cutting and removal of weeds, as well as seasonal activities such as pruning and planting. Projects to improve cemetery grounds and infrastructure occur throughout the year.

Your support in maintaining a safe environment at Rookwood General Cemetery is greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Client Services team at 02 8575 8100.

Current Developments

Muslim 8 Blocks J, F, G and I Section Development

Construction of new Muslim Adult and Baby Lawn Allotments will commence in December 2023 which includes Drainage, Parking bays and roadworks.
This new development in Section 8 of Rookwood General Cemetery is expected to be completed by October 2024.
The works will be delivered over three stages – 
Stage 1: Block J - expected to be completed by the end of April 2024.
Stage 2: Blocks F & G
Stage 3:  Block I

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Independent Lawn E - New burial lawn

Construction of a new non-denominational lawn area adjacent to Independent Lawn D Section is now complete.

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Eastern Orthodox 6 Ext – Pathway Safety Program 

The Eastern Orthodox 6 Ext Pathway Safety Program will begin in January and take approximately three months to complete.

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Whelan Ave Road Narrowing and Burial Extension Project

These works will deliver approximately 400 additional burial sites, and include the narrowing of Whelan Avenue and relocation of an under-road electrical cable.

The works will be delivered over three stages to enable the development of additional inventory:
Phase 1 Electrical cable relocation
Phase 2 Whelan Avenue road narrowing
Phase 3 Chinese section development

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