Whiteman site chosen for future cemetery


Land at the corner of Marshall Road and Beechboro Road North.
Land at the corner of Marshall Road and Beechboro Road North.

THE City of Swan and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board are awaiting a structure plan to be finalised, which would see plans for a cemetery and sporting recreation space in Whiteman.

The cemetery, which will be known as the Swan Region Memorial Park, is expected to be built on WA Planning Commission land in the next decade near the north-east corner of Marshall Road and Beechboro Road North.

A Metropolitan Cemeteries Board spokesman said plans were still in the preliminary stage.

“We are working towards having the park operational in approximately 10 years,” he said.

“Cemeteries are a vital component of the community infrastructure and, from a purely statistical perspective; there is quantifiable need for a new cemetery facility to meet growing community need in this urban corridor. Existing facilities don’t have the capacity to accommodate future need.”

The plan aims to meet the needs of the growing population of Perth and Peel, which is expected to be 3.5 million by 2050.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the plan had not been completed, but a consultant had been appointed.

“Developing a regional open space in this area remains a priority for the City of Swan,” he said.

“The WA Planning Commission has asked for the structure plan to be completed in order for land to be allocated for future recreation use or for the City to be given management order over part of the site.

“This is underway and one of many steps that will need to be taken for the City to achieve its objective of constructing a regional open space on the land.”