RELATIVES with loved ones buried at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park are unaffected by the July 2, 2012 expiration of plot grants.
Grant expirations only affect plots purchased before 1987 at Karrakatta, Fremantle, Midland and Guildford cemeteries, where a tenure period of 25, 50 or 99 years was allowed under the old 1897 Cemeteries Act.
The revised Cemeteries Act 1986 revoked 50 or 99-year grants, and 25-year tenures when an automatic renewal option came into effect for all WA cemeteries.
Most of the plots affected had served most of their tenure and, as stipulated in the act, would collectively expire on July 2, 2012.
“While some families wish to purchase additional tenure for peace of mind, relatives only need a grant if they intend to place additional interments in the plot.
“Most families do not renew an expired grant unless they want to re-use the plot, as there is no practical reason to do so.
“Statements made within the public arena that remains will be disturbed and bodies will be dug up after July 2 are incorrect, completely misleading and have caused undue distress to families across the state.”
He said extension applications could be made before or after July 2.
Relatives can email email@example.com or visit www.mcb.wa.au for details.