Nearby resident Leanne Lowe is coordinating community opposition to the project, which is across the road from houses on the edge of an industrial estate.

She is quoted in the Newcastle Herald  staing  "There's quite a few chemicals that are quite a bit of concern, something we don't want to be breathing in. It's just not something you want to be stuck right on top of."

She also questioned whether the crematorium was needed,  fearing pet owners would dump animals at the business if they could not afford to pay for cremation.

A consultant's air-quality analysis prepared for the proponent listed 19 pollutants associated with the crematorium but assessed that emissions would fall within EPA-approved guidelines.

Pet Angel planning documents lodged with Newcastle council say the cremator comprises three chambers which can operate simultaneously.