Assistance For Claremont On The Way

Assistance For Claremont On The Way

Western Australia Minister for Culture & Arts John Day

State Government Steps In To Help Claremont Fire Disaster Recovery

Victor P Taffa

The State Government is assisting the Town of Claremont with library services and archival preservation following last night’s Devastating Fire.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Government would work closely to support the Town of Claremont.

“Staff from the State Records Office (SRO) has been at the Town of Claremont this morning and will work closely with them on their disaster recovery.” Mr. Day said.

“Similarly, the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) sent three preservation staff to Claremont to offer advice and assistance in the recovery of any historical or corporate records.”

The Minister said the Town of Claremont had a Recordkeeping Plan approved by the State Records Commission in April 2010 and also had a fire-resistant safe onsite, which holds the council’s vital records.

Some records are held offsite at a Commercial Storage Facility.

The SRO holds the following Town of Claremont records in the State Archives collection:

  • Council minutes and committee minutes from 1898 to 1980;
  • Letter books from 1898-1947;
  • Rate books from 1903-1938;
  • A small set of correspondence files covering the period 1915-1950.

Mr. Day said the SLWA had contacted neighbouring Public Library Services to see what assistance could be provided.

“Claremont Residents are able to use    and return material borrowed from Claremont to these locations, which will send them on to SLWA.” Mr. Day said.