Independent report into cemeteries highlights need for action
The NSW Government today released the independent report into OneCrown which shows how 2 years of indecision and infighting by the previous government has increased the risk Sydney will run out of cemetery space.
The report prepared by O’Connor Marsden and Associates concludes that these key issues have resulted in instability, additional cost and a loss of momentum for the organisation.
The Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper has acknowledged the report and has released a redacted version to provide transparency on the problems that currently face OneCrown and cemeteries across Sydney.
The report notes that any further delay to addressing these concerns will further inhibit the ability of OneCrown to realise its strategic objectives and may risk the Crown being unable to provide for the burial needs of Sydney residents.
The NSW Government is committed to restoring normal government practices, with a keen focus on providing evidence-based approaches and conducting merit-based appointments.
There is a recruitment process underway for the role of Administrator of OneCrown. This process is being led by executive recruitment firm Meritos and will conclude at the end of May.
The NSW Government has announced that it will move towards a two public operator model for Sydney Crown cemeteries, ending years of indecision.
Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said:
“This report clearly outlines the issues that OneCrown currently faces and details the need for urgent action to address the years of procrastination from the former government.
“We are not trying to paper over the cracks, we are here to fix the foundations. That starts with ensuring you have the right people in the job, it means listening to expert advice, implementing recommendations and fixing the problem.
“I am looking forward to working collaboratively with OneCrown to deliver much needed burial services to the people of NSW across all faith groups.”