"The Age" reports that the Victorian government is considering confidential plans to build Melbourne's second-largest cemetery, about 20 kilometres south-east of the CBD, next year. 

 It is understood the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has proposed  a memorial park of about 130 hectares at Heatherton. 

If given the green light, the Kingston Memorial Park will be the second-largest cemetery in Melbourne, coming in after the 169-hectare Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Jill Hennessy confirmed the government had received a proposal from the trust regarding "a possible memorial park at Heatherton in Kingston".

But, she said, a decision was not imminent. 

As revealed by Fairfax Media on Monday, many of the historical cemeteries, including those in the inner-city suburbs of Melbourne, St Kilda and Brighton, are looking to shut up shop in five years. 

Fairfax Media understands the land earmarked for the Kingston Memorial Park falls in a green wedge zone, with a cemetery an allowed use for the area.

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