Bathurst CrematoriumBathurst's long awaited crematorium will begin operating today.

In the past, residents have been forced to take funeral processions to Orange for cremation because the service has not been available locally.

 The Norwood Park facility features a 75 seat chapel, extensive parking and outdoor screens to broadcast services.

Councillor Bobby Bourke has been a long time campaigner for getting a crematorium for the city and says he was not sure he would live to see it open.

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