Have a Go Days raise com­mu­nity aware­ness

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ash­bur­ton

Ra, Kylee and Ayda Hau colour­ing-in at Have A Go ac­tiv­i­ties in Tom Price.

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