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

Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Ninnette Comito and her niece Ruby Ugle enjoying the Noongar Kaartdijin Bidee trail.
Camera IconNinnette Comito and her niece Ruby Ugle enjoying the Noongar Kaartdijin Bidee trail.

In this weeks Harvey-Waroona Reporter, NAIDOC Week 2021 kicks off in the regions giving Harvey and Waroona residents the opportunity to celebrate Indigenous culture, Harvey's own Amana Inn became a meeting place for victims of a brutal Ponzi scheme that rocked the South West and While some Waroona businesses handled the lockdown with ease others felt the sting.

NAIDOC Week 2021 -

Shire of Harvey councillor Tanya Jackson with Harvey Aboriginal Corporation members Peter Byett and Lesley Ugle
Camera IconShire of Harvey councillor Tanya Jackson with Harvey Aboriginal Corporation members Peter Byett and Lesley Ugle

Celebrations are held across the country for one week each year to recognise and highlight the history, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is Heal Country, calling on people to seek greater protection of Australia’s land, water, and heritage.

Harvey and Waroona Shire residents will be able to take part in a activities ranging from healing bilyas to craft and dance workshops, as well as cultural displays and movie screenings.

Ponzi ‘victims’ share stories -

A multitude of hardworking, everyday residents from across the South West and Perth who were victims of a multi-million dollar financial Ponzi scheme scandal met in Harvey to discuss their next step.

Each of the people in attendance — from across Harvey, Bunbury, Busselton, Australind and Perth — had given their money to the same man, with promises of major returns and a more secure future.

Waroona feels COVID sting -

Lines of cars waiting to travel into Perth at the Lake Clifton checkpoint
Camera IconLines of cars waiting to travel into Perth at the Lake Clifton checkpoint

Waroona residents were among those plunged into the third lockdown of the year last week as the State Government rushed to control another COVID outbreak.

Streets in the community were empty from midnight last Monday, with all but a few essential workers staying inside until the lockdown was lifted at 12.01am on Saturday.

And while staying at home and adjusting to snap restrictions was second nature to some businesses in the town, other small retailers and venues have felt the financial sting of another week of little income.

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