Auburn Cemetery to receive funding from state government following $300,000 of vandalism

The South Australian government has committed an undisclosed amount of funding toward repairs at Auburn Cemetery, after vandals caused an estimated $300,000 worth of damage.

Premier Jay Weatherill today promised the funding, and said the state government will work with Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council to repair the damage.

Member for Frome Geoff Brock will today visit the cemetery, at which 46 headstones were destroyed sometime before Saturday, November 4.

Mr Brock, who is visiting the cemetery with mayor Allan Aughey, said the perpetrators would be held accountable for their actions.

“This is a disgusting act of senseless violence,” Mr Brock said.

“The state government has committed to putting funds towards its repairs, however when we do find those responsible they will be held accountable.

“The Premier, like the rest of the community, was outraged when he saw the story on last night’s news, and has offered to step in.

“We will find those who committed this crime and they will be made to pay for their act – both financially and through the full extent of the law.”

Mr Brock said some of the gravesites otherwise had no way of being repaired.

“Some of these people have no living relatives left, or those who do have relatives don’t have insurance on the gravesite and would be made to pay out-of-pocket,” he said.

“My heartfelt sorrow also goes out to those families who are feeling a double-dose of grief because of this unspeakable act.”

The maximum penalty for this act – property damage, under the criminal law consolidation act – is 10 years.