News­pa­per chron­i­cles the highs and lows

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

Al­bany lost one of its most prom­i­nent res­i­dents in 1993, when multi-mil­lion­aire en­tre­pre­neur Paul Terry, 45, died in a he­li­copter crash in Hawaii.

Mr Terry had headed to Hawaii to learn to fly he­li­copters, al­legedly for his next busi­ness ven­ture, but was killed in a freak ac­ci­dent.

The loss was felt across the town, with then-edi­tor of Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser, An­drew Gill, writ­ing a per­son­alised death no­tice for the pop­u­lar, hum­ble busi­ness­man.

“Paul Terry fit­ted into the cat­e­gory of the (wealthy) courts in his day, yet he did not fit the mould of a multi-mil­lion­aire,” Mr Gill said.

In 1998, the City of Al­bany formed. Only two years later, in one of the city’s first nat­u­ral dis­as­ter tests, fires rav­aged the Kal­gan and Mt Barker re­gions, de­stroy­ing two homes.

That same year a dif­fer­ent kind of flame — the Olympic torch — passed through the re­gion to much fan­fare.

“Olympic fer­vour swept through Al­bany on Sun­day night and yes­ter­day morn­ing as the Olympic flame came to the Great South­ern,” the Ad­ver­tiser re­ported.

The Al­bany Wind Farm opened soon af­ter, ce­ment­ing Al­bany as a pi­o­neer town of wind en­ergy tech­nol­ogy in WA, and in 2006 Al­bany-raised politi­cian, for­mer Ad­ver­tiser jour­nal­ist Alan Car­pen­ter be­came pre­mier.

The 20-year pe­riod ended on a som­bre note when, in 2008, Ad­ver­tiser jour­nal­ists were on-site to re­port Mid­dle­ton Beach’s Es­planade Ho­tel –— still much loved by lo­cals — be­ing de­mol­ished.

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