catholic cemeteries logoThe Daily Telegraph (Sydney) reports Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria has confirmed that land on which the Wallacia Panthers Golf and Country Club sits has been flagged for use as a cemetery.

“Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has obtained NSW Government consent for the acquisition of 44ha of land at Wallacia, currently operating as the Wallacia golf course, with plans to create 60,000 burial spaces over the next 50 years,” a spokesman for Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria said.

Its spokesman pointed to research by town planning group Urbis which predicts “burial sites in western Sydney would be exhausted within 28 years, with burials continuing to comprise 30 per cent of interments in NSW”. A Penrith Council spokesman last year said the 107-year-old Penrith Cemetery would not reach capacity for “at least 40 more years”.

Rookwood’s trust spokeswoman said a Deloitte Economic Study showed “a quarter of billion dollars will flow into the Penrith community in the initial 15 years after commencement (of a Mulgoa cemetery) from visitation to the site alone”.

Source: Daily Telegraph