Cemetery a dead certainty for golf club site at Wallacia | The Western Weekender – Australia News

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Bernard Bratusa and Ross Fowler with Panthers Wallacia members. Photo: Kate Reid

Wallacia golf course could be no more as early as next year with Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust set to acquire the 44 hectare site.

Currently branded Panthers Wallacia, the golf club and course has become the latest target for a cemetery, as demand for burial sites in Sydney continues to grow.

And while club members, Councillors and nearby residents are set to fight the plan, sources tell the Weekender their efforts are likely to be fruitless.

On Monday night, Penrith Council unanimously voted to support a planning proposal that prohibits the development of cemeteries and crematoriums in the Mulgoa Valley and Wallacia areas by making amendments to Penrith’s Local Environmental Plan.

Councillors Bernard Bratusa, Ross Fowler and Marcus Cornish passionately spoke at the meeting to protect Mulgoa and Wallacia, and were met with applause from community members that filled the chambers.

A member of the Wallacia club since the early 1990s, Cr Bratusa fought back tears as he spoke against the possible development of the golf club site into a cemetery.

“Fernhill and Wallacia were never ever meant to be cemeteries, and it will undoubtedly be a scar,” he said.

“This is an emotional roller coaster. For a lot of people it was completely unexpected and I’m not looking to point fingers of blame, I’m looking to find a positive resolution for the region.”

The Wallacia site was sold to property developer Lou Zivanovic in 2014, who then leased the golf club back to Panthers.

That lease is up at the end of February, and Panthers will not be given the opportunity to…

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