Boyne crematorium ready next year
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THE Calliope Shire Council's new cemetery and crematorium should be completed early next year.
The council has called for tenders for construction of the project which includes an open plan pavilion or chapel building, an on-site crematorium, an administration centre, a lawn-style cemetery and a special children's cemetery.
Calliope Shire mayor George Creed said the council had received "significant community support'' for the project.
"I know the community is very keen to see it become a reality,'' he said.
"The quality of the facility, the state-of-the art technology proposed to be used, and the range of the services planned, promises the creation of a regional centre of excellence in the funeral industry.''
In his report to the council, parks and recreation manager Jeff Kidner made it clear the facility would be conducted on sound commercial principals.
"For the facility to become financially viable in the short to medium term we need to tap into the regional market,'' he said.
The crematorium is expected to play an important part in the fa-cility's commercial operations.
"Within our region, only two other crematoriums exist within a 150km radius of Boyne Island ? one at Rockhampton and the other at Bundaberg.
"While council is planning a high quality facility, it is also very conscious of ensuring affordability of these services in our community and has kept reasonable end user costs as the key consideration in developing the business plan.''
The regional cemetery and crematorium, which will probably be known as the Boyne Memorial Parklands, will be established on a 12 hectare site on Pioneer Drive overlooking the Boyne River.
Tenders close on April 18.