Clmatravillemarketgardensaims that water feeding the Chinese market gardens at Matraville is contaminated with heavy metals are now under investigation. A spokesman for Lands Minister Tony Kelly said an earlier report indicated no contamination issues but the NSW Health and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) was now reviewing a new report presented to the department in February.

Randwick Mayor Murray Matson said council officers were reviewing the reports from DECCW and NSW Health.

Market gardener Terry Ha has questioned the validity of the report, commissioned by the Memorial Park.

Memorial Park’s chief executive, George Passas, said the market gardens, which sit immediately south of the Memorial Park and Botany Cemetery, were no longer viable and should be shut on public health grounds. The Memorial Park has called on the Government to release 60 per cent of the market gardens to expand Botany Cemetery.

 

Source: Southern Courier