Fernhill Estate1The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting  a proposal to redevelop one of Sydney's historic and grandest estates into a cemetery has ignited strong opposition from NSW cabinet ministers, who are lobbying to kill off the plan, amid forecasts the city will face a critical shortage of cemetery space within two decades.

The heritage-listed Fernhill Estate, a 383-hectare property near Mulgoa on Sydney's western fringe, is famed as the former home of bankrupt property tycoon Warren Anderson, who would occasionally host former prime minister Paul Keating in the estate's Georgian mansion.

But a plan by Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust to purchase the property, as part of a controversial expansion bid to stave off the city's imminent shortage of burial space, could be thwarted by the government as the window closes for its approval.

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