Top three reads in this week’s Harvey-Waroona Reporter

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Carol Wright with her father William Peary, who was a patient at Hocart Lodge.
Camera IconCarol Wright with her father William Peary, who was a patient at Hocart Lodge. Credit: Supplied/Jacinta Cantatore

In this weeks Harvey-Waroona Reporter, Harvey-based aged care facility Hocart Lodge is under fire, the sad story of a World War I veteran is shared by his ancestors and Harvey Bulls club legend, Ned Fimmano, is set to coach the Bulls after Alan Douglas steps down.

Elderly care concerns raised at Harvey aged car facility

South West woman Deborah Kirk before her death
Camera IconSouth West woman Deborah Kirk before her death

Families are seeking answers after what they allege has been inadequate treatment of loved ones at the Hocart Lodge Aged Care facility in Harvey.

In a statement Hocart Lodge’s board and management described the serious allegations as “deeply concerning”.

The allegations span from residents suffering dehydration, not receiving pain medication and one resident being dressed in only a T-shirt and incontinence pad.

Returned WWI veteran and beloved father laid to rest at last

An unknown 11th Battalion soldier and John Joseph O'Brien, right, both wearing Prisoner of War uniforms after being captured by the Germans.
Camera IconAn unknown 11th Battalion soldier and John Joseph O'Brien, right, both wearing Prisoner of War uniforms after being captured by the Germans. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

His death may still be clouded by mystery, but a returned World War I veteran and beloved father who had been buried in an unmarked grave is set to be immortalised by a new memorial in Harvey.

In May 1920 John Joseph O’Brien decided to take the long 11km walk home to Benger, the following morning his body was found.

His ancestors say after delving deeper into O’Brien’s sad history they became immersed and “have come to know him”.

Ned Fimmano new head coach for Bulls after Alan Douglas steps down

Coach Alan Douglas is ready for round one.
Camera IconCoach Alan Douglas is ready for round one. Credit: Briana Fiore

The Harvey Bulls have confirmed assistant coach and club legend Ned Fimmano will take over as head coach for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Alan Douglas made the decision to step down earlier this week, after a season and a half in the role and said the decision was made due to health reasons, but he will still be involved in the club.

Fimmano took the reins for the first time when the Bulls hosted Collie on Sunday and experienced a first-up loss.

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