Workshops take a big step forward
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.