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Canberra’s first public crematorium opens

City Services Minister Chris Steel at the opening of Canberra’s first public crematorium. Photo: Nick Overall.

THE construction of Canberra’s first public crematorium, located at Gungahlin Cemetery, was today (March 15) announced as completed.

The opening comes two years after a survey, conducted by the government, showed one in 10 people felt the services available in relation to burial or cremation weren’t able to meet their cultural or religious cremation needs in the ACT.

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Canberra’s new public crematorium. Photo: Nick Overall.

Canberra only has one other crematorium that’s privately-owned.

City Services Minister Chris Steel said the facility will meet the needs of Canberra’s growing multicultural population.

“We have engaged closely with stakeholders to ensure the design of the crematorium meets not only its operational objectives but also the religious and cultural needs of our Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain communities,” said Mr Steel.

The crematorium viewing room. Photo: Nick Overall.

The building also features a viewing room that can fit up to 25 people, allowing families to watch as the body of their loved one is moved inside the cremation chamber as part of the memorial process.

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2 Responses to Canberra’s first public crematorium opens

Rob in Conder says: March 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm

That’s great. More public infrastructure north of of the Lake, as usual.
What happened to cemetery in the Tuggeranong area.
And while we’re at it, how about at least one university campus south of the lake ?

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ReB says: March 16, 2021 at 11:34 am

What is it with Tuggeranong residents and their obsession with having a university campus?? There are plenty of suburbs in other capital cities that don’t have university campuses and don’t whinge about it. Aren’t your college students enough? Do you really want more students wandering like Brown’s cows around your shopping precincts and public areas, getting drunk in your pubs and bars, throwing up in your car parks, on your footpaths and at your bus interchange, and littering the town centre and roadsides with discarded electric scooters? Trust me, university campuses are not the wonderous things Tuggeranong residents seem to think they are!

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