John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Public submissions sought for review of WA's cemeteries

    29/01/2007 1:15 PM

    Western Australians are invited to have their say in a review of the laws affecting cemeteries and a position paper reviewing the Cemeteries Act 1996 has been produced for comment by key stakeholders and members of the public.

    Local Government Minister John Bowler said some of the proposals raised in the position paper related to providing more transparent processes for the retention or removal of memorials in the redevelopment of land used in cemeteries.

    Tougher penalties for vandalism and desecration to memorials or to any other property in a cemetery are also proposed, with substantial increases in maximum court awarded fines and an increase in on-the-spot fines of up to $500.

    Mr Bowler said the position paper offered an opportunity for local governments, industry and the community to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the Act and proposed amendments.

    “Reviewing the Act has provided the key areas where improvements can be made to the legislation to ensure our State’s heritage is maintained,” he said.

    "This is an important opportunity for interested members of the public to provide constructive feedback and comments on the proposals raised in the paper.

    “The review continues the Carpenter Government’s aim of improving the quality of services to all Western Australians.”

    Further information and copies of the discussion paper are available at
    or contact Mr Oliver Crosthwaite at the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on (08) 9217 1410, freecall (country callers) 1800 620 511 or email:

    Public submissions close on March 31, 2007.

    Minister's office - 9222 9699