According to the Daily Telegraph Penrith Council is urging the NSW Government to hold a summit involving all councils to establish a statewide cemeteries and crematoria strategy, given the strong opposition to the region’s recent cemetery development applications.
A proposal to turn part of Fernhill Estate at Mulgoa into a cemetery has been rejected, while a DA for Wallacia’s golf club is yet to be determined.
“Penrith should not be the answer to everyone’s problems when it comes to burial sites but it seems we are; we are an easy target,” councillor Bernard Bratusa said at the last meeting.
Councillors agreed to write to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Planning Minister Anthony Roberts and the Greater Sydney Commission about the cemeteries and crematoria strategy.
The discussion was fuelled by Penrith’s Cemeteries Strategy and Business Review report, which offers suggestions for changes to the current local strategy.
The council oversees five cemeteries — Penrith, St Marys and Emu Plains general cemeteries, St Stephen the Martyr Anglican and Castlereagh Anglican.