Expert warns Sydney’s Greek community of imminent lack of burial spaces

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Tim Scott, the author of a damning report into Sydney’s cemetery crisis, has warned the Greek community of a lack of burial spaces in the near future.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Scott said the eastern suburbs, specifically the Greek community, could run out of burial space in just two years.

The author warned that elderly people could be forced to travel hours further west or south to bury their loved ones.

Mr Scott has been issuing these warning since 2020 after he authored the 11th Hour Report and said all crown cemeteries could close to burials in 10 years.

Since then, the NSW Government announced the separate Crown cemeteries, which include Rookwood, would be consolidated in 2021.

A spokesman for the Department of Planning and Environment said the government is yet to decide a final operating model, and pointed to the Catholic Metropolitan Cemetery Trusts’s new Varroville cemetery as evidence the government is finding new burial ground.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

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