It is reported that there will be a  face-to-face with local residents and proponents of a controversial plan to build a cemetery at Wallacia Golf and Country Club at public forums this month.

The Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust will hold information sessions on February 20 and 24 at the Wallacia Progress Hall to discuss its proposal, which is awaiting approval by Penrith Council.

CMCT  chief executive Peter O’Meara said stage one would feature “a refurbished clubhouse, improved and expanded on-site parking, landscaped parklands and recreation areas”. Future stages would see a redesign of the golf course, construction of a small chapel, administration office, crematorium, roadworks and landscaping.

Locals don't seem convinced; according to new reports the plans have been met with a strong backlash by Wallacia residents and Penrith councillors, who fear it will turn the site into a “ghost town”. “Wallacia’s long-term residents see it as an injustice. They chose to settle in a quiet, peaceful, rural village,” Wallacia Progress Association said in a statement in December.

Penrith councillor Ross Fowler said a letter from the council to Premier Gladys Berejikioian asking for a statewide cemetery strategy has been deferred to the Planning Minister Anthony Roberts. The council is still waiting on a response. “Given the important of this to the Wallacia community, to be dismissed so openly is disappointing,” Cr Fowler said.

Details: Wallacia Progress Hall, 40 Greendale Road, Wallacia. Tuesday, February 20, 6pm- 9pm; Saturday, February 24, 10am-1pm.