Community stalwart farewelled
The manager of Karratha’s not-forprofit hub has left town after eightand-a-half years of overseeing local community service work.
Welcome Lotteries House manager Linda Barnard bade Karratha goodbye last week after a farewell morning tea in the building she has managed for almost her whole time living in the Pilbara.
She said working at Welcome Lotteries House had been a great job that had given her the chance to help some of Karratha’s main not-forprofit groups — including the Pilbara Community Legal Service, Regional Development Australia Pilbara, and the Smith Family — do good work in the community.
“What I love about it is there’s such a feel of community in the building,” she said. “Everybody helps each other out. “You get to see lots of different people from different walks of life come into the building ... it’s just really nice to be able to help people and make them feel welcome ... (and) direct them where they need to go.
“It provides a lot of services and is an integral part of the city.”
Mrs Barnard, who is also a board member of Pilbara Joblink and Empowering People in Communities Karratha, said she had seen a lot of changes in the issues local people were seeking help for, including a steep rise in financial stress and homelessness.
She said she was sad to be leaving the Pilbara, but felt it was time for a change. “I’m very sad to be going,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of friends here and I love Karratha, but sometimes it’s time to move on.”
Mrs Barnard and her husband left last week and will spend five weeks in Europe before moving to Hervey Bay in Queensland to be closer to family.
Welcome Lotteries House manager Linda Barnard, centre, with new manager Daphne Trevurza and board chairwoman Stephanie Soter.