The operator of Sydney’s Catholic cemeteries welcomed the NSW government on its decision to dismantle and amalgamate it with four other cemetery trusts.

Melinda Pavey, the NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing, will now renegotiate the management of Sydney cemeteries with the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

“While we have been very disappointed by this whole situation, we’ll set that aside and look forward to entering these discussions in good faith to come to a sensible conclusion,” said the governor of Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust’s Danny Casey.

Mr Casey said that Water, Property and Housing Minister Melinda Pavey had not engaged with the trust about the three options presented by a statutory review to resolve a lack of burial space, pricing inconsistencies, inefficiencies and liabilities across Sydney’s cemeteries.

Labor urges cancellation

Tension within the state cabinet over the issue was reported to have come to a head last Monday, prompting a request for Minister Pavey to work out an alternative solution.

Last weekend new state Labor leader Chris Minns said the government take-over should be cancelled in favour of a “common sense” solution with faith-based and other cemetery operators.

“The government has no right to push religious organisations out of the burial of the dead,” he said.

Source - Catholic Weekly