With the increasingly ageing and expanding population of Muslims, there has been a concern as to find suitable burial places for Muslims in Sydney.

The main cemetery at Rookwood is filling up fast. The Muslim section at Liverpool is now full with no vacancies. The Reverston cemetery is again filling up fast.

A relatively new cemetery for Muslim burial is at Narellan operated by the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA).

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The veteran Muslim leader with corporate knowledge of Muslim burials for more than 35 years, Mr Kazi Ali has been articulating the need for planning and cost-effective services for Muslim burials.

Initial discussions with the stakeholders providing burial services, mosque committees, community leaders and other concerned Muslims as well as government officials are taking place in order to plan and make user-friendly arrangements for the acquisition of burial land, funeral services and maintenance of cemeteries on a competitive and cost-effective basis to the consumers.

One of the major service providers in this field is The Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) who operate the Kemps Creek Cemetery and Crematorium at 230-260 Western Road, Kemps Creek, NSW 2178.

Mr Peter O’Meara, CEO, Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria in discussion with Muslim leaders at Rooty Hill Mosque.

They have allocated dedicated Muslim Lawn, an exclusive area of the cemetery for Muslim burials. This site is conveniently located, only 15 minutes’ drive from Liverpool, Penrith, Fairfield and Blacktown and offers a choice of single and double sites. Graves are available at need or for pre-purchase including interest-free Pre-purchase payment for a duration of three years.

This cemetery is located in a peaceful rural setting, professionally well maintained and with competitive pricing that is still under negotiation to make it more affordable for Muslim burials.

Planning ahead for your burial or that of your loved one is very important. Many families like to plan ahead to secure preferred locations at today’s prices. This provides peace of mind, knowing that final requests will be honoured and family members will be positioned together. Key decisions can be made ahead of time so that families can plan a tribute that best suits their needs.

Kemps Creek Cemetery is a not for profit organisation committed to serving the needs of our families and community groups.

The Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) is heavily involved the future planning of burial places for Sydney. They are in the process of developing further cemeteries in Penrith and Campbelltown areas and negotiating with local councils and the government.

They wish to develop Muslim areas in all these cemeteries and have called for support, discussions and negotiations in order to successfully complete these projects.

There are ongoing discussions between The Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) and various Muslim organisations, mosques and movers and shakers to join forces in working together for these projects.