NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff told a public meeting late last month a new cemetery at Varroville in Sydney’s south-west is “the only viable option” to avoid the Jewish community from running out of burial space in five years.
He was addressing a public meeting late last month as the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) deliberates whether to allow the development, which is being contested due to heritage concerns, to go ahead.
“The NSW Jewish community faces a critical shortage of burial space in Sydney,” Alhadeff told the panel.
“The Jewish community seeks the right to continue to bury its dead in a lawful and dignified manner in accordance with Jewish religious law and practice. Varroville is the only viable option on the horizon.
“On present estimates, without approval of this development application, by approximately 2024 – just five years away – there will be no available graves for sale for Jewish burial at any of the cemeteries where land is currently consecrated for Jewish burial.”
Addressing the heritage concerns surrounding the property, which dates back to 1810, Alhadeff acknowledged the importance of protecting the site’s historical significance.