This is no longer so.
In 1986 the Labor government changed the rules. It legislated to recycle graves.
Once a grave is 50 years old the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board now has the power to recycle it and this is what it is doing.
It is refusing to allow a person to extend the lease on a grave.
I urge anyone who is considering a burial to get a firm commitment for how long they can have the grave.
I wrote to Bill Marmion, the MP for the Karrakatta area, to ask if the present Government would repeal this legislation. I never got an acknowledgement of my letter.
Apparently, the Government is condoning the recycling of graves.
It is spending millions on a football stadium and to divert the river, projects that I believe 99 per cent of West Australians don’t want. However, it can’t find a few million for a new cemetery.
Karrakatta is full up.
Graves are being desecrated; tombstones demolished and family histories are being lost.