Browsing Golf Industry NewsVIEW ALL

Cemetery a dead certainty for golf club site at Wallacia

POSTED ON August 30, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

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 renew it. Financial issues have plagued the Wallacia club for some time.

Dennis Gallagher, the longest serving consecutive member of Wallacia Golf Club, is incredibly saddened by the prospective developments.

“I don’t want to go and play golf anywhere else, I’ve got mates out there and we all joined at the same time and we all still play together,” Mr Gallagher said.

“We represented the club when we were 15 and we’re still representing the club in our 70s.”

He believes the golf club affects more than just golfers as it sits opposite the Regal Oaks retirement village.

“I’m concerned about the whole community who bought in there knowing that the golf course was right there,” he said.

“They use the site for community events, you have people who cross the road to play Bingo every week that won’t be able to.”

Mr Zivanovic was unable to be reached for comment, but it is understood he will meet with members of the golf club in two weeks.

Photo: Kate Reid

Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust confirmed on Wednesday it has obtained NSW government consent for the acquisition of the Wallacia Golf Course with plans to create 60,000 burial spaces over the next 50 years.

The acquisition follows research by leading town planning group Urbis, which predicts that burial sites in western Sydney will be exhausted within 28 years, with burials continuing to comprise 30 per cent of internments in NSW.

“We will be providing to all communities much needed burial space at affordable prices in a landscaped setting, mitigating the exhaustion of existing burial sites at our Liverpool and Kemps Creek Cemeteries, over the next five years,” CEO for Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria, Peter O’Meara said.

“We will engage with the Wallacia Golf Club members and Penrith Council in the near future and look to provide recreational facilities that can be utilised by all in the western Sydney community.”

Cr Fowler said he was disappointed that the site would not remain a golf course.
Members are planning to remain vocal in an attempt to save the Wallacia club.

The latest developments at Wallacia follow Council’s staunch opposition against a cemetery plan being put forward by Rookwood for the Fernhill site.

Comments are closed.


CLICK HERE TO Sign Up for the GIC Newsletter for all the latest Industry News.

Grow the Game Central Golf Recruitment Central Golf Marketing Central
Troon Management

TROON Agronomy: Offering More, For Less

  Interview with David Lunardelli Director of Agronomy...

shanx minigolf

MINI GOLF : Does it actually change your facility?

These words are always in there. FAMILY FRIENDLY,...

Australian Golf Foundation launches junior girls scholarships

The Australian Golf Foundation, in association with Golf Australia, is delighted to present the Australian Golf Foundation (AGF) Junior Girls Scholarship program...

JOB: Head Greenkeeper – Golf Central BNE

Golf Central BNE

About Golf Central 17ha golf entertainment facility located at the entry to Brisbane Airport. A key attribute of Golf Central is the...

Cemetery for Wallacia Golf Course gets green light

Wallencia golf course

An independent planning panel has followed in the footsteps of the Land & Environment Court (Court), approving a contentious cemetery for Wallacia...

'Significant' Indigenous sites where Greg Norman-designed shark-shaped golf course is planned

A golf course in the shape of a great white shark, to be designed by champion golfer Greg Norman, is planned on...

PGA TOUR eyes global growth in 2022 and beyond

The PGA TOUR’s 2020-21 season will go down as one of its most memorable yet. But if Commissioner Jay...

Korean clothing company F&F joins $1.8 billion deal for TaylorMade

South Korean clothing company F&F, founded and led by billionaire Kim Chang-soo, is joining in a $1.8 billion acquisition...

ASIA: Laguna Golf Lang Co Retains EarthCheck "Gold" Status

Laguna Golf Lang Co has restated its credentials as one of Vietnam’s greenest clubs by retaining its EarthCheck “Gold...

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô’s Asian Tour Target

Moves are afoot for Laguna Golf Lăng Cô to stage an Asian Tour event when professional golf in the...

PGA and adidas launch apparel recycling initiative

In partnership with adidas’ sustainability mission, the current apparel worn by the PGA of Australia staff will be recycled...

X-Golf plans 100 venues for Australia within five years

Leisure and sports business X-Golf plans to open 100 venues across Australia within five years. “Interest in virtual sports...