Cen­tre re­build kicks off

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Op­ti­mism was pal­pa­ble on Wednes­day when a small group gath­ered for the turn­ing of the first sod at the site of the new Yar­loop Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Shire of Har­vey pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son broke ground to mark the of­fi­cial start of con­struc­tion along­side Shire rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yar­loop cen­tre staff, Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke and per­son­nel from Civil­con Con­struc­tion, the Bun­bury firm con­tracted for the re­build.

“It is great to have Civil­con here ready to start the work on such an im­por­tant project,” Cr Jack­son said.

“This com­mu­nity cen­tre is truly go­ing to be a build­ing for the whole com­mu­nity to en­joy.”

Civil­con gen­eral man­ager Jake Boc­chetti said the com­pany would be­gin set­ting up the site on Oc­to­ber 15 and aimed to em­ploy lo­cal con­trac­tors for the du­ra­tion of con- struc­tion. “We like to sup­port lo­cal peo­ple and will hire lo­cal as much as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Mr Boc­chetti said the com­pany had pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence with sim­i­lar builds that in­te­grated an his­toric frame or fa­cade into a new struc­ture.

“We try to re­tain as much his­tory as pos­si­ble in th­ese kind of builds,” he said.

Mrs Clarke said the start of con­struc­tion was an­other im­por­tant boost for the Yar­loop com­mu­nity.

“Slowly this town is com­ing back from the ashes,” she said.

Ms Clarke said the de­sign, which would in­cor­po­rate the his­toric fa­cade of the Town Hall into a mod­ern de­sign, was an im­por­tant re­minder of the past.

“It’s not just about build­ing a com­mu­nity cen­tre, it’s about re­build­ing the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Ms Clarke said the main ten­ant of the build­ing would be the Com-

mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre, which has been op­er­at­ing out of the Yar­loop Sports Pavil­ion since the 2016 Yar­loop-Wa­roona Bush­fires.

Yar­loop CRC man­ager JulieAnn McMiles said she was ex­cited to see things pro­gress­ing.

“It’s a very ex­cit­ing time for Yar­loop, with an­other com­mu­nity build­ing about to start be­ing built,” she said.

“The CRC are look­ing for­ward to bring­ing life to that build­ing and mak­ing it a well-used and loved hub for the com­mu­nity, giv­ing Yar­loop peo­ple a strong sense of com­mu­nity again.”

Yar­loop Town De­vel­op­ment work­ing group mem­ber David Har­vey said he was pleased con­struc­tion was be­gin­ning.

“A lot of plan­ning was in­volved in get­ting it right so it will be the multi-pur­pose cen­tre it should be,” Mr Har­vey said.

“Once this is done, it will lift the morale of peo­ple in town.”

The start of con­struc­tion has fol­lowed closely on the heels of the com­ple­tion of up­grades to Yar­loop’s rail­way sta­tion.

“It’s only a small thing, but it gives peo­ple con­fi­dence,” Mr Har­vey said. Ac­knowl­edg­ing it may take time to get Yar­loop back to where it was, he said he was hope­ful about the town’s fu­ture.

“It’s all com­ing to­gether.”

Pic­ture: Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Yar­loop CRC man­ager Julie-Ann McMiles, Yar­loop Town De­vel­op­ment work­ing group mem­ber David Har­vey, Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke, Har­vey shire act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Shane Collins and Civil­con gen­eral man­ager Jake Boc­chetti watch as shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son turns the first sod at the site for the Yar­loop Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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