Community looking forward to an ‘exciting’ year

Zach RelphHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Yarloop Community Resource Centre manager Julie-Ann McMiles with her children Seth, 10, Brock, 11, and Bailey, 15.
Camera IconYarloop Community Resource Centre manager Julie-Ann McMiles with her children Seth, 10, Brock, 11, and Bailey, 15. Credit: Zach Relph

Yarloop Community Resource Centre manager Julie-Ann McMiles said it had been a difficult past year, but maintains she has a positive outlook for 2017.

Ms McMiles has been instrumental in Yarloop’s relief efforts following January’s blaze, distributing clothing to fire-affected families and also helping coordinate the town’s weekly Tuesday barbecue.

The historic Yarloop Workshops were destroyed by the bushfire.
Camera IconThe historic Yarloop Workshops were destroyed by the bushfire. Credit: The West Australian, Sharon Smith

Ms McMiles said although Yarloop had endured a tough 12 months, the State Government’s promise to build a new community resource centre was motivation for moving forward.

“I think it is going to be an exciting year,” Ms McMiles said.

A firefighter extinguishing flames.
Camera IconA firefighter extinguishing flames. Credit: Seven News
A firefighter extinguishing flames.
Camera IconA firefighter extinguishing flames. Credit: Seven News

Ms McMiles is one of three Yarloop residents on the Redevelopment Work Group which communicates closely with the Harvey Shire Council about the town’s revival.

Ms McMiles said the community would be able to play a role in the decision-making of the infrastructure “they’d like to see in the town”, something she described as “exciting”.

The remains of Barrington Knight Road house’s chimney and fireplace after the fire.
Camera IconThe remains of Barrington Knight Road house’s chimney and fireplace after the fire. Credit: Tyler Ross-Clarke

“It’s time for the community to look forward.”

The remains of Barrington Knight Road house’s chimney and fireplace after the fire.
Camera IconThe remains of Barrington Knight Road house’s chimney and fireplace after the fire. Credit: Tyler Ross-Clarke

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