The Illawarra Mercury reports

hparsons logoWollongong council planners have recommended the approval of a new crematorium at Unanderra, despite neighbours’ concerns about air quality and the “psychological impacts” of the facility.

Parsons Funerals lodged plans for the refit of an existing industrial block in Waverley Drive in March, prompting 26 objections about emissions and smell.

Opponents also complained a crematorium would detract from the amenity of the area, twelve people worried about the “welfare and morale” of those working nearby and three people said it went against their religious views.

According to the plans, the proposed crematorium would operate between 8am-5pm on weekdays, and 10am-2pm weekends.

Mr. Alan Parsons noted the future of the ageing council-run facility – also in Unanderra – was under question.

The council has considered various proposals to exit the crematorium business over the past 10 years, and is due to consider the future of its facility – thought to be costly to replace – again this year.

“We need stability in the industry and don’t just want to be left with one supplier,” Mr Parsons said.

According to the state’s Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW (CCNSW) agency, the Illawarra’s cremation rate – of 74.9 per cent – is the third highest in the state.

The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel will consider the plans at a public meeting next Wednesday.

Full details here.

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