According to Sydney's Daily Telegraph, a plan to hand over control of the most valuable parts of the Sydney’s $1b cemetery sector to the Catholic Church has been slammed by senior bureaucrats.
The Daily Telegraph's article begins
Two senior government officials have issued fresh warnings about handing over control of the city’s cemeteries to the Catholic Church.
Emails obtained by The Sunday Telegraph reveal officials within Investment NSW and the Department of Planning last week advised ministers to appoint one government body, known as OneCrown, to administer the assets of Sydney cemeteries.
The emails were sent in response to numerous senior government ministers pushing for the “additional option” of having the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust remaining separate from OneCrown.
This move would hand control of the administration of the city’s most profitable future cemeteries – Varroville and Wallacia – to the CMCT, which is linked with the Catholic Church.
“Based on our understanding of the proposed additional option, this additional option does not deliver additional benefit to the NSW Government or to the people of NSW relative to the preferred option,” the INSW email said.
“In addition, the new option would cost significantly more than the preferred option previously put forward, making it difficult to demonstrate value for money.”
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