Roe­bourne an­niver­sary gath­ers com­mu­nity ideas

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long is look­ing for­ward to the Roe­bourne cel­e­bra­tions.

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