News from Goulburn, NSW, this day has it that "(the Council's) Director of Planning and Development Louise Wakefield confirmed that some 120 public submissions had been received regarding the proposed cemetery off Highland Way.

The Al Mabarrat Society is proposing the $1,730,000 project across 3.45 hectares, amid continuing controversy."


According to the Goulburn Post's article, the Council refused the initial DA last July on the basis that it failed to demonstrate suitable access arrangements; that the floor area of the proposed prayer hall exceeded that reasonably required for burial services; that the applicant had failed to demonstrate the cemetery would not adversely impact on surface and groundwater runoff; and it was not in the public interest.

At that time council planners were frustrated by outstanding information, which they had requested several times.

The Society has not followed through on a threatened challenge to the NSW Land and Environment Court following the refusal.

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