Article featured in The Canberra Times - Megan Doherty - Published: October 7, 2013 - 3:00AM
The ACT government is considering the possibility that a new cemetery and crematorium proposed for Tuggeranong could be financed and operated by private interests, as the minister with responsibility for cemeteries questions the need for a second crematorium in Canberra.
ACT Public Cemeteries Authority chief executive officer Hamish Horne is still confident a multimillion-dollar facility in the city's south will be operating by late 2017. Woden cemetery is expected to reach its capacity in 2017-18.
''There's plenty of time. There's no problem with that,'' Mr Horne said.
Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury believes the complex on Mugga Lane could be developed in stages but he insists this does not mean he is trying to dump the crematorium, even though the Greens, in the last Legislative Assembly, opposed a second crematorium in favour of a natural burial cemetery.
The Greens argued then that Canberra did not need a second crematorium and questioned if the privately run crematorium at Gungahlin was operating at capacity.
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