Celia Kershaw

The Port News site reports a working party has called on the council to stop the expression of interest process around the potential sale or lease of the crematorium and lawn cemetery.

The Tender Funerals Working Party convener, Celia Kershaw, has urged Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to stop the expression of interest process and consult with the community.

The working party, formed to look at the feasibility of a Tender Funerals franchise in the Hastings, was concerned to discover the council had tested market interest in the council-owned Innes Gardens Memorial Park Crematorium and Lawn Cemetery's potential sale or lease.

The council in October 2018 decided to seek formal expressions of interest from providers of funeral, cemetery, crematoria and related services to explore the potential sale or long-term lease of either the entire Innes Gardens Crematorium and Lawn Cemetery or the crematorium alone.

The council confirmed it had received contact from the working group and a meeting had been organised for Thursday, June 13.

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