The ABC (AU) news site reports that Wallacia locals fear two proposed cemeteries in their area will adversely affect real estate values and affect their way of life.

 There's a blueprint to combat Sydney's future shortage of graves, but many residents around two proposed cemeteries aren't keen on sharing their suburb with more than 800,000 spirits.The two cemeteries, if approved, would provide burial space for more than 800,000 corpses.(Supplied)The two cemeteries, if approved, would provide burial space for more than 800,000 corpses.(Supplied)

Wallacia, a semi-rural suburb about 70 kilometres west of the CBD, is the subject of two separate cemetery plans — one by the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) and another by an undisclosed applicant.

Combined, they could become the final resting place of 802,000 people and offer a much-needed solution to Sydney's dwindling number of graves, which will be used up within 15 years.

A ruling on one of the cemeteries is expected from the State Government today, effectively deciding if it can be developed in the town centre.

If approved, the CMCT will be able to turn half of Wallacia Country Club's golf course into a 27,000-plot burial ground.

Meanwhile, a mystery developer has proposed a $105 million plan to build another cemetery — which could accommodate 775,000 corpses in graves, mausoleums and crematorium walls — on an old cattle property at 1290 Greendale Road.

Opposition to the plans is overt in the area, with banners urging people to fight the proposals strung throughout the suburb.

But, if the cemeteries were to be approved, Wallacia, which is home to roughly 1,650 people, would be shouldering Greater Sydney's need for burial plots.

A 2017 State Government report on Greater Sydney's cemetery capacities noted: "A finite amount of space exists in the cemeteries of metropolitan Sydney, with all major cemeteries having been in operation for 50 or more years."

It found 1.4 per cent of burial plots were vacant, representing about 301,000 plots, but that these will be used by 2036 in the central, north and south regions of Sydney.

Other areas would have their stock exhausted by 2051. to be approved, Wallacia, which is home to roughly 1,650 people, would be shouldering Greater Sydney's need for burial plots.

A 2017 State Government report on Greater Sydney's cemetery capacities noted: "A finite amount of space exists in the cemeteries of metropolitan Sydney, with all major cemeteries having been in operation for 50 or more years."

It found 1.4 per cent of burial plots were vacant, representing about 301,000 plots, but that these will be used by 2036 in the central, north and south regions of Sydney.

Other areas would have their stock exhausted by 2051.

 

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Key points:

  • The State Government says Sydney will run out of burial plots by 2036
  • Wallacia locals say the value of their homes will plummet if the cemeteries are approved
  • Penrith and Liverpool councils are taking submissions on the applications