Catholic operator welcomes cemeteries backflip

The Berejiklian Government will now renegotiate the management of Sydney cemeteries with the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

The operator of Sydney’s Catholic cemeteries has welcomed a backflip by the New South Wales Government on its decision to dismantle and amalgamate it with four cemetery trusts. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

“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 Danny Casey, the governor of Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

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.

All were issues that were either not applicable to or were being addressed by the Catholic Trust, including through its new cemeteries planned at Varroville and Wallacia.

“It just doesn’t make sense to unwind the one trust that is recognised across Australia as the best performing, and the only one in Sydney that has a fully-funded perpetual care fund,” Mr Casey said.

More than 16,000 people signed a petition asking Premier Gladys Berejiklian to reverse the decision to place the Catholic trust into administration and amalgamate it with the other four trusts into a government one named OneCrown.

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NSW cemeteries breakthrough welcomed (By Marilyn Rodrigues, The Catholic Weekly

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