Yar­loop wel­comes Gov­er­nor

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

WA Gov­er­nor Kerry San­der­son praised the re­silience and re­build­ing efforts of Yar­loop dur­ing her first visit to the town since the 2016 bush­fires on Novem­ber 3.

Her Ex­cel­lency Mrs San­der­son first vis­ited Yar­loop Pri­mary School, tour­ing the school and meet­ing with the stu­dents.

The stu­dents sang Mrs San­der­son Yar­loop’s own ver­sion of We Are Aus­tralian in­spired by their re­silience fol­low­ing the bush­fires, and pre­sented Mrs San­der­son with a copy of the book Sto­ries from the Fire­ground.

“I came to the school which was such a de­light with the chil­dren singing their won­der­ful song,” Mrs San­der­son said.

“It was very mov­ing read­ing from the Thank­ful­ness Wall so I’m very pleased to have come.”

Yar­loop Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion then hosted a morning tea in hon­our of the Gov­er­nor as pa­troness of the as­so­ci­a­tion, for the staff and at­tend­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Mrs San­der­son has vis­ited the town be­fore, how­ever this was her first visit since the bush­fires. Af­ter vis­it­ing the school she was shown around the town.

“What I love is the sense of com­mu­nity and the way this demon­strates the mate­ship and re­silience for which Aus­tralia is fa­mous,” she said.

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Tania Jack­son said it was a great time for the Gov­er­nor to visit with the re­de­vel­op­ment of the town well under way and the school an ex­am­ple of the com­mu­nity’s vi­brant fu­ture.

“Now that we’re get­ting back into the re­de­vel­op­ment phase and there’s a lot of re­newal it’s lovely to be able to let her come and see how vi­brant a com­mu­nity we have here,” she said.

Mrs San­der­son said she had wanted to come to Yar­loop to praise them for their re­build­ing efforts fol­low­ing the 2016 bush­fire.

“I find it very mov­ing be­cause you know what the peo­ple have been through,” she said. “The re­ally good thing is no­body’s for­get­ting that, you speak about how you felt and then you go on to re­build for the fu­ture.”

Act­ing prin­ci­pal Denise Slip­per said it was won­der­ful for the school and the com­mu­nity for the Gov­er­nor to see the town’s re­build­ing and high­lighted how far it had come.

“It re­ally high­lights the plight that the school and the com­mu­nity went through, with the Gov­er­nor com­ing down and see­ing the re­growth and learn­ing what has hap­pened in the town,” she said.

“It was just a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for them to see our chil­dren, we think very highly of them and they have been very re­silient through­out this whole process.

“It’s a won­der­ful cul­mi­na­tion to what’s nearly been two years now.”

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Tania Jack­son and Gov­er­nor of Western Aus­tralia Kerry San­der­son tour Yar­loop Pri­mary School with act­ing prin­ci­pal Denise Slip­per.

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