CHURCH’S GARDEN GETS A NEW LIFE
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.