New $2.6m funeral home for Bundaberg

AFTER years in the pipeline a new $2.6 million funeral home is headed to Bundaberg.

Des Allen Funerals, one of three Bundaberg funeral providers, is opening a new, larger complex.

The new amenity will be built on Phoebe Ct, off Johanna Blvd in Kensington near the new Bunnings store.

Des Allen Funerals co-founder Des Allen said the project had been "a couple of years in the planning stage".

"But at this stage it's all still in negotiation, there's nothing set hard and fast at this stage," Mr Allen said.

Des Allen Funerals will still retain its Toonburra St facility but open a larger, second facility on Phoebe Ct.

Mr Allen said the move followed feedback from the Bundaberg community.

"Ever since we opened our funeral home (in 1998), we've always been mindful of the needs of the community," Mr Allen said.

"We've listened to and we've took on suggestions of the families that we've served.

"One of the things they were always talking about, they have been mentioning a new funeral home, bigger chapel, things like that.

"So we've taken that one board."

Mr Allen said the new facility would have a 450 total capacity, more than double the current Toonburra St limit.

"It will be probably be 350 interior and then another 100, so in total it will be about 450," he said.

Mr Allen said the extra 100 would not be outside as the building was designed to all open into one area.

He said the expansion to Phoebe Ct had taken a lot of time and thought to develop.

"Because we need to be in a financial position which when we open up we're not going to have to increase costs of funerals," Mr Allen said.

"We want to keep funeral costs the same as what they are today."

An application to start construction of the new facility, a funeral parlour and storage shed is currently before the Bundaberg Regional Council.

"Council has now received the operational works application for civil construction of car parking and bulk earthworks for the development," Cr Sommerfeld said.

"So the construction of the development is advancing."

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