IPSWICH City Council has formed a partnership with a Canberra based death care service provider to operate the city's cemeteries .
Health and Regulation Committee Chairperson, Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the partnership had been formed with Norwood Park Limited who planned to establish a Crematorium at Warrill Park Cemetery at no cost to Council.
"We have been in negotiation for some time with Norwood Park Limited on a lease since they won a tender for Death Care Services for Ipswich City last year and I believe we have a model that will best serve the community needs now and into the future.
"The company will be responsible for day to day operation, maintenance and management of Warrill Park, Tallegalla, Haigslea and Stone Quarry Cemeteries and will provide burial services at Ipswich General Cemetery where Ipswich City Council will continue maintenance of the historically significant areas."
Cr Antoniolli said the partnership would present Council with the opportunity to expand the death care services in Ipswich while delivering a cost saving to Council and the Ipswich community.
"Norwood Park Pty Ltd has agreed to conduct a master plan of the Warrill Park Cemetery within six months and construct new facilities within three years of the commencement of the contract.
"The contract will include maintaining a booking and data management system for all relevant cemetery data with regular transfers to Council."