Protest outside Innes Gardens crematorium in Port Macquarie to oppose sale or lease

Port Macquarie News has reported that around 50 people gathered outside the Innes Garden Memorial Park Crematorium and Lawn Cemetery in Port Macquarie on Friday June 14 to voice their opposition to the potential sale or lease of the council-owned crematorium and lawn cemetery.

It comes after the Tender Funerals Working Party called on Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to stop the expression of interest process around the potential sale or lease of the business.

Protestors held up signs including 'Let us take care of our dead', 'The plot thickens - where's the consultation?' and 'Our dead deserve dignity'.

Phillip Waring described the sale as an issue of "in-perpetuity".

"Cemeteries and these sorts of properties should remain in the hands of government and local authority," Mr Waring said.

Tender Funerals is a non-profit organisation with a goal to provide low-cost funerals with particular attention to the grieving and healing process.

It currently provides services in Berry, Nowra, Shoalhaven, Kiama, Wollongong and the greater Illawarra.

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.

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