New home for Yarloop CWA
MEMBERS of the Yarloop Country Women’s Association are looking forward to a new, permanent home after their building was burnt to the ground during last year’s devastating bushfire.
For the past year they have been meeting at the Harvey District Creative Arts Centre and have unanimously voted to start up again in Yarloop.
The branch has settled on builder TR Homes which specialises in modular pre-fabricated houses.
Branch president Lois Blackburn said members were just finalising the plans and the State office was supportive of the project to rebuild on the site.
“We lost everything when the fire went through,” Mrs Blackburn said.
“All the history, starting from day one, was burnt and among the contents were beautifully handwritten minutes dating back to the inaugural meeting on August 12, 1938.
“We will need to replace the furniture and fence as well but insurance will cover this.
“The new building will be transported in two pieces which will be joined on site, and has a bathroom, laundry and disability access.
“The new meeting room will be similar in size to our old hall and the house could be rented out or sold should we ever disband.”
Mrs Blackburn said the group hoped the building would be ready to move in by next February.
The official opening is planned for next August when the Yarloop branch will celebrate 80 years of service to the community.
The remains of the original Yarloop Country Women's Association building on Station Street, Yarloop, which was built in 1954.