A global funeral company has flagged plans to build a crematorium just up the road from a site reserved for a government-run cemetery and crematorium for the last decade.
The Barr government will look for a private partner to run a new cemetery and crematorium in Canberra's south, as it considers allowing graves to be recycled.
The ACT government did not allocate funding for a new cemetery in its 2018 budget, despite a Legislative Assembly inquiry last year recommending the ACT build a new graveyard in Tuggeranong as an "urgent priority".
It came after a Legislative Assembly inquiry last year recommended the ACT build a new graveyard in Tuggeranong as an "urgent priority", after the Southern Memorial Park project was delayed indefinitely when Treasury refused to support a crematorium as a way to pay for the cemetery and to deal with a multimillion shortfall in the future maintenance trust.
But now InvoCare - which operates funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria around Australia, New Zealand and Singapore - wants to build a crematorium and funeral home in Symonston, on a block owned by the Whitby family on Mugga Lane, near the Domestic Animals Shelter.
While the InvoCare name will be unknown to many, the company has three national brands - White Lady Funerals, Simplicity Funerals and Value Cremations - and more than 30 other brands across Australia, including Tobin Brothers in Canberra and Queanbeyan.