STOP THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CEMETERY AT STATE HERITAGE LISTED ‘FERNHILL’ IN MULGOA NSW.

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The Petition of Residents of Mulgoa and other citizens bring to the attention of the House our deep concern that the colonial landscape of State Heritage "Fernhill", Mulgoa is in danger of development by Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust.

WE ASK THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CEMETERY AT STATE HERITAGE LISTED "FERNHILL".

As Western Sydney develops, the rural character of the Mulgoa Valley, centred on Fernhill, is rapidly becoming more precious and more threatened. 

The significance of "Fernhill" is its unique colonial buildings (c.1845 for Edward Cox) and its very rare colonial cultural landscape.

A cemetery is not a compatible, appropriate use of this historic landscape.

A cemetery, with manicured maintenance and an infrastructure of roads, paths, signs, lighting, chapels and auxiliary buildings would irrevocably destroy the rural character of the landscape and destroy the integrity of its historic design, as well as disrupt the wildlife corridors.

The "Fernhill" site is part of the traditional country of the Darug people and of great significance to Aboriginal cultural heritage.

"Fernhill" is our legacy from the past and its cultural and natural heritage should belong to future generations.

Large increase in the volume of traffic combined with slower movement on Mulgoa Road will cause considerable traffic disruption, congestion and delays.  Funeral processions travel slowly.

Potentially there will be a negative impact on the value of residential properties in Mulgoa and a risk of groundwater contamination.

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to stop the development of a cemetery at State Heritage Fernhill.

 



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