1. Botany and Woronora Cemetery Trusts have been dissolved and their cemeteries are now managed by the new Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. This Trust, in consultation with Government and the proposed NSW Cemeteries and Crematoria Board, will need to consider its options and if it wishes to continue to pursue the proposal.
This is a reminder of the support that Lands has previously given the Trust:
2. To deal with the looming shortage of burial space, the Minister has approved a schedule of land in the greater Sydney region that should be examined for future cemeteries. The market gardens site is part of this schedule. This work will continue under the auspices of the NSW Cemetery and Crematoria Board and in consultation with the relevant government authorities. In relation to the market gardens site, the Minister has also asked the NSW Farmers’ Association to provide input for consideration by Government.
3. A CMP, if required, would be entirely funded by the responsible Trust and assessed by the NSW Heritage Council. However, it should be noted that Randwick Council was funded to prepare a CMP when the market gardens were first listed and failed to do so.
4. Regrettably, the information you requested in relation to comparisons of rental rates is not readily to hand. However, licensees are required to manage the land consistent with the provisions of the Heritage listing, in compliance with the Work Health and Safety legislation, and with appropriate environmental management safeguards. All these factors contribute to the rental charged.
5. In the Sydney basin, the Crown lands database indicates that there are only five sites for agriculture purposes leased or licensed, covering about 20ha (excluding the market gardens) and numerous grazing occupancies. Clearly the role of Crown land in food production within Sydney is not significant.
MAYBE IT SHOULD BECOME SIGNIFICANT. JUST AS CROWN LAND USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES HAS BEEN ASSESSED FOR CEMETERY USE, PERHAPS THERE NEEDS TO BE AN ASSESSMENT FOR FOOD PRODUCTION PURPOSES (AS SUGGESTED IN EMAIL BELOW)
Finally, the Minister has asked me to thank you on her behalf for your invitation to visit the Market Gardens site. The Minister appreciates your offer, but has advised that in late 2011 her senior advisers visited the site and provided her with a comprehensive briefing to inform her understanding of the issues and challenges at hand.
Again the contact for further information is John Filocamo