City pays trib­ute to long-time res­i­dents

Southern Telegraph - - News -

The City of Kwinana hosted its in­au­gu­ral Pioneers Lunch last week to ac­knowl­edge more than 100 lo­cals who have lived in the area for more than 50 years.

Held at the Me­d­ina Com­mu­nity Hall, the pioneers were treated to a play by Agelink Theatre Per­for­mance, with the ma­te­rial pro­vided by sev­eral pioneers who at­tended a fo­rum ahead of the event.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said she was de­lighted to take the pioneers on a trip down mem­ory lane at the event, which started with a Kwinana his­tory table quiz as a great ice­breaker.

“We re­mem­bered a sim­pler time, when Kwinana had no sport­ing venues, no skate parks, no in­ter­net and no mo­bile phones,” she said.

“Many of the great fa­cil­i­ties in Kwinana to­day have evolved

over the last 50 years but when these Pioneers first set­tled in Kwinana, the area was pre­dom­i­nantly bush.”

Many Kwinana pioneers were brought to the area through work at the BP Refinery which was built in the 1950s.

The State govern­ment at the time es­tab­lished a town­ship in what is now known as Me­d­ina.

The town­ship was de­signed with na­ture and trees in mind, and to this day Me­d­ina fea­tures some of the grand­est trees to line the streets of sub­ur­ban Perth.

“One thing that most peo­ple in Kwinana re­mem­ber from child­hood right up un­til to­day is the sense of beauty and na­ture in their sur­round­ings,” Mrs Adams said.

“This fur­ther af­firmed our po­si­tion on en­sur­ing that Kwinana re­mains ‘Sur­rounded by Na­ture’, as in­tended by our orig­i­nal town plan­ner, the great Mar­garet Feil­man.”

Given the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral event, the City hopes to run a sim­i­lar event for pioneers in 2019, with de­tails to be fi­nalised early next year.

Pic­ture: Chris Ker­shaw

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams with lo­cal pioneers Gla­dys Blogg, Brian De San Miguel and Harry Teb­butt — all of whom have lived in Kwinana for more than 70 years.

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