New home for Yarloop CWA

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Han­nelore Hep­burn

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.

Pic­ture: Chloe Vellinga

The re­mains of the orig­i­nal Yarloop Coun­try Women's As­so­ci­a­tion build­ing on Sta­tion Street, Yarloop, which was built in 1954.

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