Moree councillor Rodney Brazel has come forward with guns blazing against the increase in the first interment burial costs at the local cemetery.

“Will, or can you believe, the first interment ashes cost has gone up from around $450 in 2007/08 to, please sit down, $1664 today?,” Cr Brazel said.

“How many people walking around have a spare $8000 or $9000 in their pocket if they lose a loved one?” he said.

Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries believes the increase is inevitable.

“Council only get a one-off payment at the time of interment,” Cr Humphries said.

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