Supporters and opponents of euthanasia will be watching NSW Parliament closely as a voluntary assisted dying bill is due to be introduced in the next few days.
Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has said 28 other MPs from the Labor, Liberal and National parties will co-sponsor his bill to allow people with terminal illnesses to seek medical assistance to end their lives.
Communities across NSW have seen campaigns on both sides of the issue.
The Dying with Dignity group joined with residents in Wagga Wagga, a region in inland NSW, who lost loved ones to prolonged terminal disease and the Catholic Church urging MPs not to support legalisation.
Catholic Diocese of Wagga Bishop Mark Edwards said improvements in palliative care meant that NSW should not allow euthanasia.
"What I think is at stake is how we end up treating our older people. We have already seen through the royal commission how elderly people can be abandoned and maltreated," he said.
"The fear is that going down this road is that it will lead to much fewer good outcomes for older people and for ourselves when we get old.
"We don't want anyone to die in pain, I don't want to die in pain and I don't want my loved ones to die in pain but the way that palliative care is done at the moment that very few people die in pain ... my hope is that the bill will be defeated."
Bishop Edwards said it was important to the Catholic Church that, if the bill was passed, it would contain conscientious objection clauses to allow doctors and healthcare providers not to participate in euthanasia.
Wagga historian Geoff Burch, who lost his wife Sue to cancer in May, said he was "very pleased to see [the bill] finally being introduced into the Parliament".
"I'm not overly confident but I'm certainly hoping NSW will follow the rest of Australia and adopt voluntary assisted dying laws," he said.