What is it like to live next to the dead?
PLENTY of Buderim residents are pondering what life will be like when what is the final destination for many is built nearby.
Recent approval for a crematorium on Wises Rd, to be installed as part of a new Gregson and Weight funeral parlour has sparked fears from a number of residents over the impact the new facility would have.
So what better way to find out what it's like then to ask those who live close by to existing crematoriums?
Brian Kristensen and his wife Corinna have lived next door to the Buderim Lawn Crematorium and Memorial Gardens for almost 30 years.
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He said issues were few and far between, with smell only an issue two-to-three times a year.
"It's maybe only two-or-three times a year when it comes through the forest.
"You can't see anything there at all now because of the bamboo forest."
He said the smell was off putting when it was strong, an acrid, chemical smell, but on the rare occasion that happened they simply closed doors and windows.
"I love living here, it's great," the Iliad Ave resident said.
"I've never heard of many complaints."
He said the main thing he hoped was minimum air quality requirements were being observed and noted many other long-term residents around him hadn't had many problems either.
Another Iliad Ave resident she'd had "no dramas whatsoever" with the nearby crematorium, noting she had about a 20m buffer between her property and the facility.
"We've had no issues at all," the resident of the past 15 years said.
PREPARING FOR THE NEW CREMATORIUM
Forestwood Dr resident Mitch Lawrie is among those preparing for the unknown awaiting the newly-approved crematorium's introduction.
Mr Lawrie said he understood the effects often varied based on topography, particularly with the effects of odour.
"Often people impacted are not always the closest," he said.
"The smell can be concentrated in lower-lying areas away from the cremator."
He said he believed the new crematorium was in one of those lower-lying areas, and feared there would be smells lingering post-cremations if temperature inversions took place.
He also said the separation between the newly-approved facility and nearby homes was less than recommended by the Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association, arguing the approval had been at-odds with the town plan.
"Residents are feeling very alienated and let down by our council," he said.
"The community wasn't inflexible, they were willing to accept the funeral parlour... it just went a lot too far with the cremator being so close."
LIVING BESIDE A CREMATORIUM
Margaret and Peter Cox have lived next to the Gregson and Weight crematorium on National Park Rd, Nambour, for more than 30 years.
They were there before the crematorium was built and Mrs Cox said they were hesitant at first when they heard about the development being introduced next door, having lived there for about 20 years previously.
"They built away from us and they're at the back of us," Mrs Cox said.
"It's not like they're right next to us."
She said issues of smell and other things hadn't really raised themselves in thus far.
"You'd be more concerned about somebody lighting an incinerator," she said.
"I can understand (Buderim residents' concerns), I'm not sure how close they are living to it.
"This is just my opinion and my experience, you need to be living here to understand it doesn't interfere with us. We're quite happy, we enjoy living here."
Buderim Lawn Crematorium and Memorial Gardens cremation operator Trevor Henricks said he expected the new crematorium would have to meet all the latest industry requirements.
He said he thought technology had improved somewhat since their cremator began working in 1980, but he'd never heard of any health issues about chemicals released through the burning process.
"Normally a bit of a heat haze comes out... we've been here 35 years and haven't heard of any (issues with chemicals)," he said.