Town pre­pares for mile­stone week

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Roe­bourne’s 150th an­niver­sary is just one week away and groups are busy putting the fi­nal touches on a week of cel­e­bra­tions to mark the oc­ca­sion.

Big hART and the Yi­jala Yala Pro­ject have been hard at work with Pa­trick Churn­side and some of the lo­cal chil­dren to put to­gether a per­for­mance called Tjaabi for the open­ing night.

The show is a tra­di­tional mu­sic and dance trib­ute to the his­tory of Roe­bourne, both good and bad, and will kick off cel­e­bra­tions next Wed­nes­day night.

It looks set to be­come an im­por­tant talk­ing point for the com­mu­nity, with chil­dren and other com­mu­nity mem­bers turn­ing up to watch their mates at re­hearsals dur­ing the week.

Dur­ing the week, a ceme­tery me­mo­rial day, town open day, com­mu­nity event and church ser­vice will be hosted.

Yir­ra­m­a­gardu Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Michael Nikakis said plan­ning the cel­e­bra­tion had been a mam­moth un­der­tak­ing by the com­mit­tee as the group’s first pro­ject.

“It’s grass­roots which is ter­rific and there­fore it may not be as pol­ished as if you had some pro­fes­sion­als on it, how­ever, it is just as ex­cit­ing be­cause a lot of peo­ple are get­ting on board and work­ing to­gether,” he said.

“It’s an im­por­tant first step to the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether ... and time will tell just how suc­cess­ful it is go­ing to be.

“There will be an un­veil­ing there at the Roe­bourne ceme­tery of a list of the names and where they are si­t­u­ated which is a re­ally big thing com­mu­nity peo­ple have been want­ing for such a long time.”

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Pe­ter Long said the City had been work­ing with the YCA and wider com­mu­nity to de­velop a broad range of ac­tiv­i­ties to hon­our Roe­bourne and its com­mu­nity.

“Roe­bourne has been im­mersed in an in­cred­i­ble cul­ture that spans back tens of thou­sands of years and this is still an in­te­gral part of the town and com­mu­nity to­day,” he said.

“Over the past 12 months, we have com­pleted projects such as the Roe­bourne Her­itage and Ngurin Bush Tucker trails, Yir­ra­m­a­gardu com­mem­o­ra­tive cof­fee ta­ble book, Mt Wel­come look­out and town ceme­tery up­grades and public art fea­tures through­out the town.”

Event de­tails are avail­able on page seven of the Pil­bara News and the City of Kar­ratha web­site.

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