Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

AF­TER 12 months of ren­o­va­tions, Cook­er­nup Com­mu­nity Hall’s kitchen was of­fi­cially opened on April 8, giv­ing the com­mu­nity a vi­tal as­set.

Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke opened the kitchen along with Cook­er­nup Progress As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Kerry Ar­gent.

Mr Ar­gent thanked the com­mu­nity for its help in the project, Al­coa and the South West De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion for fund­ing, the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil, Mrs Clarke and past Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Mur­ray Cow­per for their help.

He said the fa­cil­ity had first been iden­ti­fied as in need of an up­grade dur­ing the 2016 bush­fires when it was heav­ily used to sup­port fire­fight­ers and fam­i­lies.

“It’s been 12 months since we started tak­ing the orig­i­nal kitchen out to­day,” Mr Ar­gent said.

He said it was a great as­sett to the com­mu­nity and its de­sign was more mod­ern and more flex­i­ble for the many pri­vate and com­mu­nity func­tions, in­clud­ing the reg­u­lar Watch Out Wed­nes­day com­mu­nity morn­ing teas.

“It gives the com­mu­nity ac­cess to, vir­tu­ally, a com­mer­cial kitchen,” he said.

Har­vey shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Michael Parker said the coun­cil had been happy to help with the project and knew the fa­cil­ity would be well looked af­ter by the com­mu­nity.

Mrs Clarke said the fa­cil­ity would be well used by the com­mu­nity and would help it re­spond should it ever be needed as an evac­u­a­tion cen­tre again.

“For the amount of func­tions and com­mu­nity meet­ings the Cook­er­nup peo­ple have down here, it’s an out­stand­ing kitchen,” she said. “It’s vi­tal, given what hap­pened dur­ing the bush­fires a cou­ple years ago when they didn’t have these type of fa­cil­i­ties.”

“The Cook­er­nup com­mu­nity are start­ing to feel a real sense of pride, they’ve got their beau­ti­ful kitchen and they’ve got their town sign so they re­ally feel like they’re be­ing recog­nised.”

Carol and Bill Parkin­son, of Yar­loop, and John Reed, of Cook­er­nup, en­joy a morn­ing tea as part of the open­ing of the Cook­er­nup Com­mu­nity Hall’s new kitchen.

Sharon Willis and her daugh­ter Silva, 13, of Cook­er­nup.

Heidy and Phil Scantle­bury, of Cook­er­nup.

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