Cel­e­brat­ing town mile­stone

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Pe­ter Long Pe­ter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

Af­ter more than a year of plan­ning and ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, next week we will fi­nally cel­e­brate Roe­bourne’s 150th birth­day.

Var­i­ous projects have al­ready been de­liv­ered in Roe­bourne as part of com­mem­o­rat­ing this ma­jor mile­stone in­clud­ing the stat­ues and an up­grade of the look­out at Mt Wel­come, an el­ders mem­ory board, the Roe­bourne Her­itage Trail and the Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail. A beau­ti­ful book has been pro­duced, and watch out for the T-shirts.

The of­fi­cial launch will be on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 17, with the “Tjaabi” Show by Pa­trick Churn­side and Big hART fol­lowed by events through to the big day on Satur­day with the Roe­bourne Com­mu­nity Con­cert go­ing from mid­day to 5 pm.

This is a time to re­mem­ber the pi­o­neers of the 1860s who risked their en­tire for­tunes, faced enor­mous chal­lenges in the hope of a bet­ter life in the North West.

And it is time to re­mem­ber those Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple of the same pe­riod who saw their lands taken and their an­cient way of life changed for­ever.

Roe­bourne has seen pearling, pas­toral­ism and now min­ing as sustaining in­dus­tries over the years. It has con­trib­uted an enor­mous amount to the State and our na­tion and has seen its Abo­rig­i­nal res­i­dents in­crease and pros­per in spite of the dif­fi­cul­ties they have faced.

Let us re­mem­ber all those brave peo­ples of the past who have lived and worked for the bet­ter­ment of our beau­ti­ful coun­try here.

Let us join to­gether and cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of these past 150 years.

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