Have a Go Days raise community awareness
■ New residents were welcomed to town as the community enjoyed the chance to get in and have a go at the range of sports and services available in Paraburdoo and Tom Price.
The Have a Go Days aimed to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, local sports and activities for people of all abilities.
In Paraburdoo, residents enjoyed a range of fun activities at the Anzac Memorial Gardens, while in Tom Price children took the opportunity to try their hand at a number of water sports and games at the Vic Hayton Memorial Swimming Pool.
Basketball, flippa ball (junior water polo), cricket, tennis, bead-making, colouring-in and music kept everyone busy, with lots of laughs and plenty of smiles.
Displays and participation from the youth centres, swim clubs, churches, cadets and many small businesses helped make the day interactive and fun for people of all ages.
In Tom Price the Catch Music community band, as well as locals Brad McLeod and Jack Watson entertained the crowd, while in Paraburdoo the very popular “Parafanalia” created a fun and vibrant atmosphere.
Shire president Kerry White said the Have a Go Days were a new initiative that showcased the services available to residents of all abilities and backgrounds. “Sport and recreation is an important social element when you are living in a remote community and these events are a fun way to introduce new opportunities to residents,” she said.
“Seeing people of all ages get in and have a go at something they may not have tried before is a wonderful outcome.”
Rio Tinto general manager Paraburdoo Gabe Iwanow said the event was a key part of the Shire’s events and festivals programme, supported by Rio Tinto through the Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership.
“Have a Go Day links new community members with local services, community groups, sports and people,” said she said.
“In small communities these events are integral in connecting people to the community early to enable the building of friendships and relationships that will sometimes last a lifetime.”
On behalf of the Shire, Ms White extended a big thankyou to all clubs, groups and local businesses who contributed their time and efforts, as well as to our event partners who helped bring the day to fruition.
The Have A Go Days were made possible through a partnership between the Shire of Ashburton, Rio Tinto, the Department of Sport and Recreation and Inclusion WA.
Ra, Kylee and Ayda Hau colouring-in at Have A Go activities in Tom Price.