The Goulburn-Mulwaree Council in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands has rejected a development application for a Muslim cemetery in the town of Marulan.

 The council had been considering the matter for 12 months and last night voted to reject the proposal.

The Al Mabarrat Benevolent Society wanted to build a 3,500-plot cemetery and prayer hall on the Hume Highway at Marulan.

The Goulburn-Mulwaree Council said it received about 100 submissions from the public, with many opposed to the idea.

A Sydney-based planning consultancy said it also received racist emails about the proposed Islamic cemetery.

Consultant Richard Smyth said concerns were raised about access to the site, but there has been some disturbing comments too.

"I've had some emails that I'd rather not describe to you," he said.

Source: ABC Oonline