THE state government has no power to stop the construction of a large crematorium, temple and dormitory complex at Greendale.
Last month angry residents petitioned Planning Minister Brad Hazzard to request he overturn approval for the site at 992 Greendale Rd, Greendale, claiming it posed health risks and would disturb the semi-rural street.
But Mr Hazzard responded to the petition, signed by almost 5000 residents, saying the matter was out of his hands.
“The Panel is the independent body responsible for determining regionally significant applications - consequently I do not have a role in the assessment and determination,” he said in a letter to the clerk of the Legislative Assembly last week.
“[The approval] followed the consideration of the assessment report by Liverpool Council officers recommending approval of the application.”
The Panel approved the development application but has suggested Liverpool Council should conduct a “cumulative impact study” of all proposed crematoriums and cemeteries in the region.
Residents approached Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies who tabled the submission in parliament.
She said the Greendale Rd community had raised serious concerns about the cemetery and crematorium including airborne and water pollution, traffic congestion and physiological problems.
An Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel meeting for another cemetery application, at 31 Greendale Rd, is scheduled for next Thursday, September 29.