One year on, a community remembers

Hannelore HepburnHarvey-Waroona Reporter

On Saturday, Yarloop residents met on the oval to mark the first anniversary of the catastrophic bushfire and to commemorate the tragic loss of two residents.

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

A Harvey Shire Council working group organised the event as a quiet gathering to allow residents to come together and support each other in fellowship.

Only the facade of the historic Yarloop Town Hall remained standing.
Camera IconOnly the facade of the historic Yarloop Town Hall remained standing. Credit: Tyler Ross-Clarke
Only the facade of the historic Yarloop Town Hall remained standing.
Camera IconOnly the facade of the historic Yarloop Town Hall remained standing. Credit: Tyler Ross-Clarke
The Waroona-Yarloop fire destroyed big areas of pine plantation.
Camera IconThe Waroona-Yarloop fire destroyed big areas of pine plantation. Credit: Michael Wilson

Members of Harvey shire volunteer bushfire brigades attended and a hundred helium balloons, donated by Yvonne and Vic Tomlinson, of Waroona, were released into the sky.

The Waroona-Yarloop fire destroyed big areas of pine plantation.
Camera IconThe Waroona-Yarloop fire destroyed big areas of pine plantation. Credit: Michael Wilson
An aerial photo shows a property burnt to the ground.
Camera IconAn aerial photo shows a property burnt to the ground. Credit: Ray Raab/7 News

“Not everyone could face coming but those who did commented on a wonderful day,” Mrs Alexander said.

The fire scorched farming properties along Eckersley Road.
Camera IconThe fire scorched farming properties along Eckersley Road. Credit: Michael Wilson
An aerial photo shows a property burnt to the ground.
Camera IconAn aerial photo shows a property burnt to the ground. Credit: Ray Raab/7 News
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
A firefighter extinguishing flames.
Camera IconA firefighter extinguishing flames. Credit: Seven News
The fire scorched farming properties along Eckersley Road.
Camera IconThe fire scorched farming properties along Eckersley Road. Credit: Michael Wilson

“What nature has thrown at us and how we have responded has been both traumatising and the response courageous.

“The Waroona-Yarloop fires of 2016 were not just about nature, firefighting, politics and people in power,” Cr Jackson said.

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 was about the response of the community, emerging improvisation, heroism and care for each other.”

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

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