Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

YAR­LOOP res­i­dents brought back a land­mark last Sun­day with the open­ing of the Gar­den of Hope at St Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Af­ter the church was de­stroyed dur­ing the 2016 bush­fires, the church com­mit­tee be­gan clear­ing the block and es­tab­lish­ing a lawn area for the gar­den.

Com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Sharon Epiro said the com­mit­tee was pleased with the num­ber of peo­ple that came along and the gar­den looked beau­ti­ful al­ready.

“There was a great re­sponse and the gar­den bed along the west fence is now com­pletely filled with plants brought along and planted on the day by both for­mer and cur­rent Yar­loop res­i­dents,” she said.

Ms Epiro said the church was a land­mark in the town and by build­ing the gar­den it made it a land­mark again, rather than an empty block. “It’s given the block back its sense of place.”

Af­ter an open­ing ser­vice at 1.30pm, for­mer Yar­loop res­i­dents Lily Martelli and Cath Stam­pone, who had con­trib­uted for many years to the up­keep of the church, cut the rib­bon and de­clared the gar­den open.

Plans for a pro­posed build­ing to go back on the block, which are still in the draft stages, were on dis­play as well as some his­toric pho­tos of the church.

Tahlia Napoli is ready to plant one of the new flow­ers for the church gar­den.

Cath Stam­pone, Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke, Flo Hooper and Lily Martelli cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Gar­den of Hope in Yar­loop.

Yar­loop res­i­dents Elaine Wal­let and Robert Buz­zard add some yel­low roses to the gar­den.

Sr Pauline Dun­don and Sr Kath­leen Dawe plant in the gar­den beds.

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