Gazebo honours family’s achievements

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey Mainstreet project coordinator David Marshall stands with Otto Gerschow's daughters Deborah Jolliffe, Jennifer Tonkin and Bronwyn Gerschow, whlie Mr Gerschow cuts the ribbon with Shire president Tania Jackson.
Camera IconHarvey Mainstreet project coordinator David Marshall stands with Otto Gerschow's daughters Deborah Jolliffe, Jennifer Tonkin and Bronwyn Gerschow, whlie Mr Gerschow cuts the ribbon with Shire president Tania Jackson. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore/Picture: Jacinta Catatore

A small group gathered in Harvey on Wednesday morning for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new gazebo commemorating a community-minded local family.

Representatives from Harvey Mainstreet, Harvey Shire Council and the Gerschow family celebrated the official opening of the Ann Gerschow Park Gazebo.

In officially opening the gazebo, Otto Gerschow, husband of the late Ann Gerschow for whom the park was named, thanked councillors and Harvey Mainstreet members for making the project come to fruition. “I have always been passionate about improving our home town, and it’s been good to see it flourish,” Mr Gerschow said.

“My motivation for this project was my wife Ann.”

Harvey Mainstreet project coordinator and master of ceremonies for the event David Marshall, praised Mr Gerschow for his commitment to the town.

Mr Marshall listed the various committees, services and boards Mr Gerschow had been a part of, such as 50 years as an active St John’s Ambulance member, the inaugural post-war president of the Junior Farmers, and an integral member of Harvey Mainstreet.

“Otto is a man of great wisdom, and a man of even greater humility. But he is not a man to be messed with,” Mr Marshall said.

“If ever there were arguments in the Harvey Mainstreet on how things should be done, Otto would quiet them down and say ‘do not take this town for granted. It’s a wonderful town and we can all do our bit to make it better’.”

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