Work­shops take a big step for­ward

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Sam Gibbs

The Yar­loop Work­shops are an­other step closer to be­ing re­built af­ter the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil set­tled on a de­signer to draft con­cept plans for the new build­ing.

Gres­ley Abas Ar­chi­tects re­ceived the con­tract and led a com­mu­nity work­shop to hear di­rect from the com­mu­nity about what peo­ple wanted to see in the de­sign.

Gres­ley Abas di­rec­tor Philip Gres­ley said his team was ex­cited to draw out the rich sto­ries that would be em­bed­ded into the build­ing and its ex­hi­bi­tions.

“Yar­loop is cen­tral to the tim­ber in­dus­try in the South West and this is a key mes­sage,” Mr Gres­ley said.

“At the cen­tre of this project is the steam and rail work­shops, the restora­tion work of rail en­gines and equip­ment and the build­ings lost.”

Mr Gres­ley said it was im­por­tant to hon­our the his­tory when re­build­ing a such a well known site.

“I’ve met a num­ber of com­mu­nity mem­bers who have com­mit­ted so much of their time and en­ergy to the steam work­shops and in pre­serv­ing the his­tory of this place in so many ways,” Mr Gres­ley said.

“In fact, on a more per­sonal level, I re­cently found out that my grand­par­ents met in Yar­loop in the 1930s and my grand­fa­ther worked in the work­shops.”

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said more than 40 peo­ple met in Yar­loop to dis­cuss their vi­sion for re­build­ing the his­toric work­shop.

“It’s more than just a build­ing, it’s about what ev­ery­one feels the town came from, what it’s his­tory is and how we’re go­ing to make that work for us in the fu­ture,” Cr Jack­son said.

“(It’s about) re­tain­ing the her­itage and telling the story of tim­ber and rail and per­haps even the event of the fire.

“From a shire per­spec­tive, it’s about build­ing the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment back into the town ... be­ing the eco­nomic driver for the fu­ture of Yar­loop.”

Mr Gres­ley said he hoped to have some de­signs ready for peo­ple to look at in the com­ing weeks.

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