Roebourne anniversary gathers community ideas
■ Arrangements for the celebration of Roebourne’s 150th anniversary are progressing well.
Community consultations have continued this year and happened every Sunday throughout February at Andover Park.
In addition, flyers were sent to all Roebourne residents to ensure everyone has their say.
The final list of events and infrastructure will be presented to the Council in March for final approval.
The Roebourne community has established a working group of up to eight people to progress the details of the project and report back to the wider Roebourne Community Association.
Some of the things we will be doing to commemorate this great occasion include: ■ A 150th anniversary coffee-table book with lots of old pictures and text illustrating Roebourne’s long and colourful history. ■ A memorial at the old Roebourne Cemetery, which will include a plot board. ■ An upgrade of the lookout at Mount Welcome with descriptive signs. ■ Statues throughout the township commemorating the original inhabitants and early settlers. ■ A botanical walk trail along the Harding River. ■ An elders memory board. ■ A weekend of celebrations with bands, stalls and 150th anniversary memorabilia, including special community-designed T-shirts.
Roebourne was gazetted as a town on August 17, 1866.
August 17 is a Wednesday this year. We will have the big event on the weekend closest to that.
I’m looking forward to it.
Karratha Mayor Peter Long is looking forward to the Roebourne celebrations.