Australian Chinese Buddhist Society president Vincent Kong said demand for places in the new Ming Yue Lay Buddhist Temple hall is already “very high” after it was officially opened earlier this month.
The hall was built to cater for the overwhelming demand for families to store the ashes of deceased relatives.
“All across NSW and for all religions there continue to be issues with lack of burial space for the deceased,” Mr Kong said. “Recognising this, we have done what we can to alleviate this problem for our own community.
“The new hall was built with expert Chinese craftsmanship, ensuring that our customs and traditions were not lost in the process.”
More than a thousand Buddhist monks and community leaders attended the opening ceremony at the Bonnyrigg temple. The project was funded from donations from the local community and a Community Building Partnerships grant.