Gathering to celebrate milestones

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Yarloop CWA members cut the cake to celebrate the 80th birthday of the branch.
Camera IconYarloop CWA members cut the cake to celebrate the 80th birthday of the branch.

Eighty years to the day since it began, Yarloop’s Country Women’s Association celebrated another major milestone with the official opening of its new hall.

More than 100 residents and CWA members from across the State attended the festivities, with Yarloop president Lois Blackburn cutting the ribbon across the door along with State president Heather Allen.

Betty Young, from Brunswick CWA and past Yarloop member, and Jenny Kane, from Bunbury CWA.
Camera IconBetty Young, from Brunswick CWA and past Yarloop member, and Jenny Kane, from Bunbury CWA.

The hall was completed earlier this year after the original was destroyed by the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop bushfires.

Mrs Blackburn said while the branch had lost a lot of its history from the old hall, they were pleased to have a home again in time for the anniversary.

Burekup River Valley Belles Kahlia Murray and Dannielle Read present Yarloop CWA president Lois Blackburn with a gift for their new hall.
Camera IconBurekup River Valley Belles Kahlia Murray and Dannielle Read present Yarloop CWA president Lois Blackburn with a gift for their new hall.

“It’s a big milestone and I’m so pleased that we made it,” she said.

“Everybody just loves it and hopefully it will be filled with people lots of times.

“We’re very excited and overwhelmed with all the people that came along and helped celebrate.”

Geoff Cattach, of Yarloop, and Jenny Burton, from Yarloop CWA.
Camera IconGeoff Cattach, of Yarloop, and Jenny Burton, from Yarloop CWA.

Mrs Blackburn thanked T&R Homes for building the hall, Phil Penny for landscaping work, Alcoa for funding and garden work, and all the other CWA branches for their support.

WA Country Women’s Association president Heather Allen and Yarloop branch president Lois Blackburn cut the ribbon to open the new hall.
Camera IconWA Country Women’s Association president Heather Allen and Yarloop branch president Lois Blackburn cut the ribbon to open the new hall.

Ms Allen presented the branch with a certificate marking the 80th anniversary, while Harvey shire president Tania Jackson presented the association with a framed photo of former WA Governor and patron of the CWA Kerry Sanderson’s visit last year.

Queensland Texas CWA member Sandra Pianta travelled to represent her branch that had donated $1000 to Yarloop and presented a commemorative tray.

Daphne Zucaro and Dennis Tyler, of Waroona, representing his mother and Yarloop member Eva Tyler.
Camera IconDaphne Zucaro and Dennis Tyler, of Waroona, representing his mother and Yarloop member Eva Tyler.

Shire president Tania Jackson applauded the tenacity of the group both in rebuilding and their work supporting the community after the fires.

Burekup River Valley Belles Kahlia Murray and Dannielle Read present Yarloop CWA president Lois Blackburn with a gift for their new hall.
Camera IconBurekup River Valley Belles Kahlia Murray and Dannielle Read present Yarloop CWA president Lois Blackburn with a gift for their new hall.

“I think the tenacity of the community has been outstanding, led by groups like this,” she said.

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