Crematorium issue flares

FEARS raised by people living near the site of a proposed crematorium are mostly ill-informed, according to a funeral director.

Hope Bennett of Riverview Funerals said her service, which hoped to build the crematorium on Chatsworth Rd, had done its research and suggestions of ash or vapour clouds were simply unfounded.

The development application for a shed that will house an incinerator was given a tick of approval at this week's Clarence Valley Council committee meetings, although it will need a final yes at next week's ordinary meeting.

Ms Bennett said she had 600 people sign a petition in favour of, as opposed to 60 who signed a petition against, a crematorium in the region, which would save money for grieving families who previously have had to use facilities in Coffs Harbour or Lismore.

She said her funeral parlour took its work very seriously and any suggestions of "ashes floating about the community" would "fly in the face of the respect" the company had.

"We've no reason not to comply," she told Tuesday's council meeting.

"It's usual for people to feel fearful about something they don't know about."

A nearby resident told the council she had concerns about non-compliance with some of the 42 conditions and of possible expansion.

"What assurance do we have this won't ever be allowed?" she asked, adding that having a funeral service, crematorium and chapel would completely change the amenity of Chatsworth Island.

Ms Bennett said the service would always keep its main operation in Maclean.


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