Haven ref lects

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Com­mu­nity lead­ers have in­vited peo­ple to make the most of re­mem­brance rails at Haven, south of Hor­sham, to ac­knowl­edge ‘some­one or some­thing’ spe­cial.

They have in­vited peo­ple to ei­ther con­sider or look be­yond Black Sat­ur­day fires for which the rails were built, for rea­sons to at­tach a per­sonal lock to the struc­ture.

Haven Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise chair­woman Sue Ex­ell said Gov­er­nor Linda Des­sau’s un­veil­ing of the com­mu­nity rails at the week­end was a ma­jor highlight of com­mem­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties mark­ing 10 years since fires rav­aged the district.

“It went re­ally well,” she said.

“The Gov­er­nor and her hus­band Tony Howard both at­tached locks to the rails, fol­lowed by Hor­sham mayor Mark Rad­ford and mayor of the time Bernard Gross.

“We then in­vited the pub­lic to do the same.

“It was just a spe­cial way of ac­knowl­edg­ing the oc­ca­sion and all that’s hap­pened and it was lovely to see the locks sparkling with their yel­low rib­bons.”

Mrs Ex­ell said the rails were for more than sim­ply re­flect­ing on the bush­fire and its im­pact in the com­mu­nity.

“They are for any­one who would like to re­mem­ber some­one or some­thing spe­cial – and they’re not just for Haven peo­ple,” she said.

“The im­pact of the fire is just one of many oc­ca­sions or cir­cum­stances for which peo­ple might want to re­flect.

“It’s for any­one who feels a need. We al­ready have about 50 locks.”

Mrs Ex­ell said com­mem­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties went well and re­flected how the com­mu­nity had moved for­ward.

“The gov­er­nor spoke beau­ti­fully, as did Cr Rad­ford. Both spoke from the heart, which was lovely,” she said.

“It was an ac­knowl­edge­ment of a day that many peo­ple want to for­get.

“It was life chang­ing for many, es­pe­cially peo­ple who lost homes.

“Just about ev­ery­one has a story about that day.”

The ac­tiv­i­ties were part of statewide an­niver­sary events sur­round­ing the 2009 fires.

Of the 11 homes burnt down dur­ing the Hor­sham fire, seven were at Haven.

The toll also in­cluded Hor­sham Golf Club, sev­eral dam­aged houses and the loss of out­build­ings, sheds, fences, live­stock and pets.

Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

MEM­O­RIES: Archie Mack­ley, 98, adds his lock to Black Sat­ur­day re­mem­brance rails at Haven.

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