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Transfer of Management of the Fremantle Cemetery to the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board

Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:17 Sep 2003
Tabling date:30 Oct 2003
Deadline for submissions:16 Oct 2003
Deadline Comments:The Legislative Council approved an extension of the reporting date from November 30 2003 to December 12 2003 on November 11 2003
Date Ended:10 Dec 2003
Committee:Public Administration and Finance Committee (2001 - 2005)
House:Legislative Council
Important Information:
Terms of Reference:
(1)That the Standing Committee on Public Administration and Finance be directed to inquire into and report on the transfer from 1 July 2003 of management of the Fremantle Cemetery to the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, with particular reference to -

a)the history of the Fremantle Cemetery Board;

b)the respective financial positions of each authority at the time of the decision to transfer management of the Fremantle Cemetery;

c)the processes of consultation and decision-making that gave rise to the decision;

d)testing the claims of improved efficiency and elimination of duplication asserted by the Minister for Local Government in support of the decision to transfer management of the Fremantle Cemetery to the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, against counterclaims of reduced competition and increased costs; and

e)the impacts upon the community served by the Fremantle Cemetery if the transfer of management proceeds.

(2)That the committee do report not later than 30 November 2003.

Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:
Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Council Committee Rooms Ground Floor, 18-32 Parliament Place, West Perth

03 Nov 200309:30 AMMember of the Public
03 Nov 200310:30 AMMetropolitan Cemeteries BoardMr Ross Bowe, Chairman and Mr Peter MacLean, Chief Executive Officer
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. Mr Ralph Fardon (Consultant) on 3 Nov 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Ross Bowe (Chairman, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board) and Mr Peter MacLean (Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board) on 3 Nov 2003

Members conducting inquiry

Members:Hon. Barry John House MLC
Hon. Edmund (Ed) Rupert Joseph Dermer MLC
Hon. Murray John Criddle MLC
Hon. Suzanne (Sue) Mary Ellery MLC
Hon. Diane (Dee) Elizabeth Margetts MLC
Hon. Kenneth (Ken) Dunstan Elder Travers MLC
Substitute Members:
Hon. Simon O'Brien MLCsubstitute forHon. John Duncombe Fischer MLC
Membership Comments:The Committee appointed Hon Sue Ellery MLC (Convenor) and Hon Simon O'Brien MLC as a Sub-Committee to look at this referral.
Staff Members:Ms Sarah Kearney, B Ec, P Grad Dip Bus (Committee Clerk)
Ms Lisa Hanna, BA (Hons) (Advisory Officer (General))