The Penrith City Star reports concerned Luddenham residents saying that the city's fringe will become the "dumping ground for the corpses of Sydney" as burial space fuels a spike in new cemeteries. On one road in western Sydney, three cemeteries and a crematorium have been mooted.
The flurry of activity has triggered fears of air and water contamination, traffic congestion, devalued properties and the destruction of views, according to the article.
Residents near a proposed crematorium at Luddenham fear fireworks from Chinese ceremonies will spook bulls and cause them to "charge people" and particles from crematoriums will poison livestock and threaten food supplies.
But the industry says effects on suburbs can be managed, and the head of a state government review says planned reforms will address community fears.
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