Senior church and religious officials running NSW cemeteries and crematoriums are preparing for a significant shake-up of the sector, with the government shortly expected to release two landmark reports into the industry, according to this report by Samantha Hutchinson, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Cemeteries are facing a critical shortage in burial sites, as well as pricing issues with consumers at most NSW sites paying more for burial plots and interment than neighbouring states.
Catholic officials, including representatives of Archbishop Anthony Fisher, have made representations to Premier Gladys Berejiklian regarding the reports, on behalf of the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. The trust is one of the state’s largest operators, and manages five cemeteries on Crown land, including Rookwood in western Sydney.
Berejiklian government cabinet members are expected to meet on Monday to consider a statutory review of the sector, covering planning, management and long-term viability of cemeteries, many of which are on Crown land.
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal is also midway through a probe of interment costs, with a particular focus on affordability and the availability of cemetery space and plots.