The State Government today announced the release of 40 hectares of land for a new cemetery to service the rapidly expanding population within Perth’s South East Corridor.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the scarcity of cemetery space in the metropolitan area had been in existence for 30 years, placing pressure on land availability.
“It has taken this State Government to take decisive action and set aside land for a future cemetery,” Mr Castrilli said.
“The development of a new 40-hectare cemetery will cater for people living in Armadale, Gosnells, Serpentine-Jarradale and surrounding areas.
“It is estimated that the population in this particular corridor will grow to more than 300,000 by the year 2031.”
The Minister said the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board and the Western Australian Planning Commission had worked together to locate suitable land and set it aside for cemetery purposes.
“A master plan for the cemetery will now be developed with local councils, and a timeframe established and progressed to commence construction on a staged basis,” he said.
“The State Government is also working to provide new cemeteries in the north eastern and north western urban corridors.”
Mr Castrilli said cemetery space was critical to our communities and it was important that the Government took a long-term approach to its management and provision.
“It is predicted that by 2031, Perth will have a population of 2.34 million which equates to an additional requirement of 252.2 hectares of land,” he said.
“The securing of land is a concrete and definite step towards ensuring that one of the most integral of community facilities is available for current and future generations.”
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