Becks in funeral parlour venture

THERE is life after politics.

No matter what the outcome of the current public inquiry into Tweed Shire Council, Cr Lynne Beck and her husband, former State MP Don Beck, are forging a new business interest.

The couple have signed an application to turn part of the Melaleuca Station tourist stopover into a crematorium and funeral chapel.

The plans indicate the other part will remain a tourist venue.

It currently offers tours of the surrounding tea tea farm while selling meat pies and drinks to passing motorists.

The long-awaited official application for the crematorium, which has been gossiped about for months, has been lodged on behalf of BCS Pty Ltd by Darryl Anderson Consulting.

It seeks to turn part of the complex on a 70-hectare site between the new Pacific Highway motorway and the Tweed Valley Way at Chinderah to funeral use.

Tweed Heads Coolangatta Funeral Services is currently run by the Becks' daughter Liz with husband Glenn Chauvier.

According to the plans the funeral business would reduce the floor area of the tourist facility and hence its parking requirements so that only 37 tourist car parks are needed, along with 24 car parks for the funeral operation. An excess of 100 car parks would still be available on the site.

The design would keep the funeral business a separate entity to the tourist facility. The new $425,000 crematorium, mortuary, 150-seat chapel and caretaker's residence would allow the business, which now conducts about 100 cremations a year, increased capacity.

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