BUSHFIRE BOOK LAUNCHED
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.
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.