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Keeping our Community Safe - click on link to read Council's newsletter addressing Coronavirus - Newsletter 30 March 2020

Council services

Effective 30 March 2020, the District Council of Franklin Harbour has updated a range of measures to its operations. These measures are in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the health and safety of its staff and the community, while providing the continuity of essential services.

Details of this are set out below:

Council Office

For the safety of staff and the community all enquiries are encouraged to be directed to staff via phone or email, if you wish to contact the Council Office please call 08 8629 2019 or email

Playgrounds, parks and reserves

All playgrounds and skate parks are closed from Monday, 30 March in line with the Federal Government’s restrictions. Signage has been placed at these sites.

While our parks and reserves are still open for exercise, people are reminded of the Federal Government’s limit on two people per social gathering (with exemptions for members of the same household).

Visitor Information Centre, Craft Shop and Historical Museum

The Visitor Information Centre, Craft Shop and Historical Museum are all closed until further notice.

Visitor Information can be located at

Public Toilets & Showers

All public toilets remain open and the cleaning of these facilities has increased. Showers at Port Gibbon and Lucky Bay have been closed until further notice.


Due to the latest Federal Government restrictions, the Library has been closed to the general public. The library are operating a Call & Collect service for library patrons, and for those self-isolating are providing a Drop & Wave service were items can be delivered to your door, there are strict guidelines for these services and these services can change at any time, please contact the library on 8629 2320 for further information.

Refuse Site

The refuse site remains open and can be accessed by the general public at the normal opening times, please ensure social distancing is undertaken at all times whilst attending this site.


People are urged to avoid any non-essential travel plans, including holiday travel planned for the Easter long weekend and school holiday break.

This information will continue to be updated, last updated 2.30pm 31 March 2020.

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To search the cemetery register click here 

To request a burial at the Cowell Cemetery, please complete the Burial Application Form and return it to the Council Office. Click Here

To place cremated remains in the Niche Wall please complete and return the Application for Placement of Cremate Remains Form, Click Here

To apply for an Internment Right (lease) at the Cowell Cemetery, please complete and return the form to the Council office. Click Here

Burial Register

Council keeps records of burials dating back to 1896 for the Cowell Cemetery located on Melrose Road. The Register contains the following details about the deceased:

  • Name
  • Section (Row No)
  • Age
  • Date of Burial
  • Plot/Grave Number
  • Place of Abode
  • Who performed the Ceremony
  • Cemetery & Section

The cemetery is maintained by Council staff and volunteer labour.It caters for conventional burials as well as a niche wall for cremation ashes. A site plan is available at the Council office..

Grave Sites

If you would like to lease a grave site in Cowell cemetery, please contact Council Administration . Plot sizes are 1.4m x 2.7m single or 2.8m x 2.7m double. Fees and Charges for 2017/2018 financial year are as follows:

  • Grave Digging - 6 Foot Grave-  $700.00
  • Grave Digging - 7 Foot Grave - $800.00
  • Lease Fees -  Single $700.00 - Double - $1000.00
  • Niche Wall - Standard Plaque ( 5lines ) - Cost of Works
  • Niche Wall - Additional Lines ( 7 lines ) - Cost of Works
  • Niche Wall - Lease Fees - Single $700.00 - Double $1000.00


There are no fees for monument works being carried out in district cemeteries, however all materials must be supplied by the persons doing the work. Please advise Council's Works Manager prior to undertaking any work.