Developing a Memorial Park is an important project for the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT).
A Memorial Park is the only way to meet the forecast requirements for South East Metropolitan Melbourne. In just over a decade Springvale Botanical Cemetery and Bunurong Memorial Park will be nearing capacity.
SMCT has actively been looking at sites that meet its needs for the new Memorial Park. This includes enough land, for both burial and memorial needs; a significant proportion for green open space for community use and providing for the conservation values in keeping with SMCT’s values and community expectations.
SMCT has listened to the community regarding the Heatherton Road site and as part of considering its merits it has decided not to proceed with this site.
SMCT will continue to look at other sites in South Eastern Melbourne over coming months.
When a site is at the stage of consideration for purchase it will be subject to a community consultation and environmental and planning approvals.
SMCT will keep the community updated.