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From the Wollondilly Advertiser:

The state government has officially given the go-ahead for a controversial 136,000-plot cemetery in Macarthur’s Scenic Hills.

The proposal had been strongly objected to by nearby residents, Campbelltown Council and local MPs.

Late last year the Joint Regional Planning Panel – made up of five members including Cr Paul Lake and former councillor Paul Hawker – endorsed the proposal.

However, the tick of approval from the Department of Planning was still required before the development proceeded.

The department has now confirmed it had given the green light for the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust plan.

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong said the decision was the “start of the destruction of the Scenic Hills”.

“The Scenic Hills was meant to be preserved and never built on,” he said.

“The state government listen to developers, not the needs of the community.

“136,000 plots and they call is preserving the Scenic Hills. That’s nothing but a big fib.”

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren was not impressed with the decision.

“It’s a disappointing day for what we have long fought for – the preservation and conservation of the Scenic Hills,” he said.

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