Rem­i­nis­cence on good times

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Tyne Lo­gan

It was a some­what som­bre day of cel­e­bra­tions in Kam­balda this week as res­i­dents ob­served the 50th an­niver­sary of a nickel dis­cov­ery that dras­ti­cally changed the town.

The town, which has a pop­u­la­tion of about 4000, was at the heart of the State’s first nickel boom.

The de­pressed nickel price, how­ever, has forced min­ers to shed hun­dreds of jobs this fi­nan­cial year, hav­ing an ef­fect on the pop­u­la­tion, house prices and lo­cal sport­ing clubs.

The Kam­balda Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre held an an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day to mark the oc­ca­sion, show­cas­ing pho­tos and news­pa­per ar­ti­cles from the last 50 years.

The photo and archival dis­play was put on by the Kam­balda Cul­tural and Arts Group.

KCAG trea­surer and pro­ject of­fi­cer John Scott said the vis­ual time­line was re­ceived very well by a crowd of about 80 peo­ple.

“There was a cer­tain amount of rem­i­nisc­ing, and the fre­quent say­ing that Kam­balda will never be like it used to be,” he said.

“It has changed a lot since the boom days, es­pe­cially due to the down­turns.

“It’s al­ways been boom to bust to boom to bust.”

Mr Scott has been a res­i­dent of Kam­balda for 48 years.

He said the high­light of the evening, for him and many oth­ers, was a poem writ­ten and read by well-known bush poet Vic Dale.

Mr Dale has do­nated the poem to the Shire of Cool­gar­die, with sug­ges­tions it be in­scribed on to a plaque.

Other res­i­dents to speak at the event in­cluded Shire coun­cil­lor Sher­ryl Bot­ting and lo­cal miner Merv Gill, whom Mr Scott de­scribed as “one of the many char­ac­ters of the town”.

Kam­balda has kicked off a year of cel­e­bra­tions to mark its 50-year his­tory.

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