Fernleigh Estate HouseThere are reports coming back from last  Monday’s meeting of Penrith City Council it voted unanimously for the council to develop a planning proposal stopping developers from building cemeteries or crematoriums on Mulgoa Valley or Wallacia land.

You may recall early last May we made mention Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust has entered into an exclusive due-diligence agreement with Fernhill Estate at Mulgoa.

Subsequently  George Simpson presented information about the proposal to the Wyong CCANSW Conference last May.

Now Councillor Ross Fowler has asked his peers and a gallery of residents to envision Rookwood replacing the sprawling heritage estate. “That would absolutely, 100 per cent change the landscape,” Cr Fowler said. “It would take away everything that is beautiful about Mulgoa Valley and everything we ... have been trying to preserve.

“The house is iconic but the landscape is irreplaceable, you can’t recreate that.”

Councillor Bernard Bratusa suggested the council write to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts detailing its position, while councillor Marcus Cornish said “unnecessary DAs” could be kept at bay with a briefing highlighting suitable spots for cemeteries in the region.

Personally I thought  George Simpson set out a great vision for the Estate, particularly that in a heritage sense there weren't too many ready to open their wallets to save and preserve it.

Full Report - Daily Telegraph