Hope remains for cemetery extension

May 25, 2012 by Community Editor
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A meeting of Sydney’s Randwick Council has approved a Local Environmental Plan which incorporates the usage of part of a Chinese market garden as an extension of the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park.

David Knoll

Speakers included Ernie Friedlander OAM, Alla Pilman and David Knoll AM.

Knoll, a former president of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies wjo is currently in charge of its cemetery portfolio, said: “There is something very important on display this evening. The Jewish Community is far from alone. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Indonesian Australians, Greek Australians, indigenous Australians and a range of other multicultural communities. As a faith community we stand shoulder to shoulder with Christians and Muslims; each of us unable to cremate and seeking to bury our dead with dignity”

The Recommendation was passed by 9 to 3.

–    That the Chinese market gardens site, the exhibited RU4 Primary Production Small Lots zone be retained in the draft final LEP.
–    Any cemetery use should be subject to a formal Planning Proposal with suitable background studies and particularly the required heritage assessments.

Liberal Robert Belleli surprised by voting against the Mayoral minutes while Greens councillor Bradley Hughes voted in favour.

Council Elections are scheduled for September.

Knoll added: “Had the LEP failed, the application currently under consideration would have become a dead issue.”

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