Locals not happy about proposed Queanbeyan memorial park

The Canberra Times writes residents in a semi-rural estate south of Queanbeyan are rallying against the local council after they discovered plans to build a cemetery within 150 metres of their homes.

Geoff Smith and his family moved out to their sprawling block more than ten years ago, but he said the Friday before Easter was the worst day his family had had there.

On April 20, council sent a letter to the residents outlining the process to construct the "memorial park", and promising there would be consultation before it was built.

But according to this news article in the Canberra Times, residents are complaining about the lack of adequate notice and consultation.

A spokesman from the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council said the early stages of the proposal made it difficult to reveal if a crematorium would be included.

He also said the emerging population in the region was the reason the council intended to build the cemetery.

"The site for any future memorial park needs to be within reasonable travel distance, not only for funeral processions, but also for families who regularly visit loved ones," he said.

"Queanbeyan's population and growth is heading south with Googong and South Jerrabomberra, so it was important to secure land to service this community. Suitable land in the region is limited by Googong Dam to the east and ACT to the west."

 

 

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