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Crematoriums and scattering ashes in NSW

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  • Daphney Adams
  • Writer, Bare
  • August 11, 2020
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New South Wales has by far the most crematoriums of any Australian state.

The vast majority are privately owned, with many of these operated and controlled by InvoCare – Australia’s largest funeral operator.

There are a small amount of publicly run crematoriums in New South Wales, however they are few and far between.

Crematoriums in New South Wales

CrematoriumRegionSector
Glenmorus GardensAlburyLG
Morningside CrematoriumAlburyPrivate
Avondale Crematorium AlburyAlburyPrivate
Piddingtons Funeral Home & CrematoriumArmidalePrivate
Avondale Crematorium AlstonvilleBallinaPrivate
Bathurst Cemetery & CrematoriumBathurstPrivate
Clavering Park Memorial Gardens & CrematoriumBega ValleyPrivate
Castlebrook Memorial ParkBlacktownPrivate
Pinegrove Memorial ParkBlacktownPrivate
Leura Memorial Gardens CrematoriumBlue MountainsPrivate
Broken Hill CrematoriumBroken HillPrivate
Macarthur Grange CrematoriumCamdenPrivate
Mackay Family CrematoriumCentral CoastPrivate
Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial ParkCentral CoastPrivate
St Patrick’s of Nulkaba Pty LtdCessnockPrivate
Riverview CrematoriumClarence ValleyPrivate
Hogbin Drive Crematorium & Memorial GardensCoffs HarbourPrivate
Coffs Harbour Crematorium & Memorial GardensCoffs HarbourPrivate
Western Sydney CrematoriumCumberlandCrown
Rookwood Memorial GardensCumberlandPrivate
Western Districts Memorial ParkDubbo RegionalPrivate
Dubbo City CrematoriumDubbo RegionalPrivate
Broulee Memorial Gardens & CrematoriumEurobodallaPrivate
Lake Mulwala CrematoriumFederationPrivate
Michael Hanley’s Family Funeral HomeForbesPrivate
Craig’s Hill ColumbariumGoulburn MulwareePrivate
Lightfoot & Co GunnedahGunnedahPrivate
Sapphire City CrematoriumInverellPrivate
Chain O Ponds Memorial ParkKempseyPrivate
Lake Macquarie Memorial ParkLake MacquariePrivate
Lismore Memorial GardensLismoreLG
Forest Lawn Memorial ParkLiverpoolPrivate
Manning Great Lakes Memorial GardensMid-CoastPrivate
Murray Valley CremationsMurray RiverPrivate
Golden Rivers CrematoriumMurray RiverPrivate
Newcastle Memorial ParkNewcastlePrivate
Canobolas Gardens CrematoriumOrangePrivate
Australian Cremation ServicesPenrithPrivate
Innes Gardens Memorial ParkPort Macquarie-HastingLG
Port Macquarie CrematoriumPort Macquarie-HastingPrivate
Hunter CrematoriumPort StephensPrivate
Port Stephens CremationsPort StephensPrivate
Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park (Botany Cemetery)RandwickCrown
Macquarie Park Cemetery & CrematoriumRydeCrown
Northern Suburbs Memorial ParkRydePrivate
Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens & Lawn CemeteryShoalhavenLG
Milton Ulladulla Cremation ServicesShoalhavenPrivate
Woronora General Cemetery & CrematoriumSutherlandCrown
H N Olsen Funerals Pty LtdSutherlandPrivate
Lincoln Grove Memorial Gardens & CrematoriumTamworthPrivate
Tweed Valley Crematorium & Memorial GardensTweedLG
Tweed Heads Memorial GardensTweedPrivate
Melaleuca Station Memorial GardensTweedPrivate
Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery & CrematoriumWagga WaggaLG
Coomealla Gardens CrematoriumWentworthLG
Lakeside Memorial ParkWollongongPrivate
Mountain View CrematoriumWollongongPrivate

Scattering / memorialising ashes in New South Wales

What can be done with the ashes once the applicant collects them?

The person who lodges an application for a cremation, often a relative or the executor of the estate, arranges to pick up the ashes.

Once the applicant has the ashes, they can be:

  • buried in a cemetery in a small plot or placement in columbarium or niche wall
  • preserved in a decorative urn and kept at home or some other favourite spot
  • scattered on private land, beach, river, public parks and sea or at a place that was significant to the deceased and families. It also depends on the personal wishes of the deceased.

Do you need any special permission to scatter the ashes?

It is important to get permission from the owners of private land or the Trust of Parks and reserves, or from local council for parks, beaches and playing fields as scattering of ashes may contravene the provisions of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 in terms of air or water pollution. Councils and other Government Authorities will set a time and place when these activities can be undertaken and can impose other conditions.

Disposal of ashes without consent from appropriate authorities may result in legal proceedings to be initiated against the person disposing the ashes.

Scattering at sea by boat

You must get permission from the master of the vessel or boat before scattering the ashes. Vessels can be chartered specifically to scatter ashes. Some precautions should be observed:

  • Pre loosen the lid of the ashes container or pre-drill large holes to make it easier to remove the lid or scatter the ashes when on board.
  • Be aware of the wind direction and scatter close to the water
  • Never just throw the ashes container overboard as it will float. Always empty the container into the sea.

Further information

NSW Public Health: 1300 066 055

If you have any further questions or to get a quote for a cremation visit the Bare Cremation website or call 1800 431 584.

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