Town prepares for milestone week
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.