Celebrating town milestone
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.