Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Han­nelore Hep­burn

ABOUT 150 peo­ple gath­ered at the Har­vey Recre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day for the long-an­tic­i­pated launch of the book Sto­ries from the Fire­ground.

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said it had been a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to see such a pos­i­tive re­sult com­ing from the tragic event of last year’s bush­fires.

“In the months af­ter the fire there was a lot of talk about what had hap­pened and it was Sharyee Hayes who sug­gested to com­pile a book to tell the dif­fer­ent sto­ries.

“With fund­ing sup­port from Al­coa, the Min­deroo Foun­da­tion through Har­vey Beef and Lot­tery­west, we en­gaged Ross Le Cras as the edi­tor and were able to cre­ate some­thing re­ally special,” Cr Jack­son said.

“The book has con­tri­bu­tions from 104 in­di­vid­u­als telling their sto­ries in words and pic­tures.

“We had formed a work­ing group and vol­un­teers in­ter­viewed res­i­dents and tran­scribed their sto­ries.

“Last year’s fires left us scarred for­ever but there is also hope.”

Mr Ross said the book was like a mo­saic, made up of many in­di­vid­ual pieces.

“Mem­o­ries fade over time,” he said.

“In 10 years a lot of th­ese sto­ries would be lost if we had not cap­tured them in the book.”

Kim Skip­worth catches up with fel­low Yarloop res­i­dents Ros Zotti and Brad and Jan Bathurst.

As­so­ci­a­tion of Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Brigades pres­i­dent David Gos­sage has a chat with Har­vey shire com­mu­nity devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Ma­ree El­lis and Wa­roona shire pres­i­dent Noel Dew and his wife Irene.

Pic­tures: Han­nelore Hep­burn

Myalup Bush­fire Bri­gade vol­un­teers Cricket Racco, Jenny Hyde and Jenelle Hicks en­joy the launch.

Val Webb and Jo East­cott, both of Yarloop, at­tend the launch.

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son and con­trib­u­tor Be­van De­laney take a first look at Sto­ries from the Fire­ground.

Scott and Catharine Price with Eli­jah Ding­wall, 12, Gabriel, 4, and Trin­ity Price, 6, lost thir Yarloop home in the fire.

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