Funeral industry probe
By BELINDA SCOTT
COFFS Harbour's funeral industry is under investigation.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Commerce confirmed yesterday that the department was aware of a a number of allegations and that these were under investigation.
The Coffs Harbour contract for the Removal of Deceased Persons and Cremation/Burial of Deceased Persons Without Means, which is up for renewal, is currently being evaluated by the Department.
The spokeswoman said the evaluation process could take up to six weeks.
The NSW Secretary of the Funeral and Allied Industry Union, Aiden Nye, said he understood there were some matters concerning the Coffs Coast which had been sent to the Department of Health for investigation and some other matters which had been placed before the Department of Commerce.
He said these matters were significant allegations, given by way of affidavits and statutory declarations.
Mr Nye said he was in favour of the investigation.
"I think Coffs Harbour needs opening up a bit," he said.
A number of issues are said to be involved.
The Department of Commerce deals with State Government contracts relating to the burial of destitute people and the removal of the bodies of people who die suddenly.