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

Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Shire of Harvey president Paul Gillett, director of community and lifestyle Kirstie Davis, Harvey resident Janine Quicke and Manager of Special Projects at Shire of Harvey Pauline Pietersen at the Shires communtiy precinct pop-up stall.
Camera IconShire of Harvey president Paul Gillett, director of community and lifestyle Kirstie Davis, Harvey resident Janine Quicke and Manager of Special Projects at Shire of Harvey Pauline Pietersen at the Shires communtiy precinct pop-up stall. Credit: Picture: Kasper Johansen

In this week’s Harvey-Waroona Reporter, Harvey Shire faces backlash as Australind and Harvey community precinct plans are labelled ‘extravagant’, St John Harvey Sub Centre saves $1 million over 25 years with no outside funding for an all new extension and Waroona secures Lotterywest grant for major revitalisation plans, hoping to give the townsite a ‘facelift’.

$21m plan an ‘extravagance’ -

Site plan for the Harvey community precinct
Camera IconSite plan for the Harvey community precinct

Two of the Shire of Harvey’s most populated towns have laid claim to impending community precincts, but not all are sold on the projects, with one local MP labelling the plans as too “extravagant”.

Master plans for the two community hubs are currently out for public consultation, but some residents are worried the projects are too heavily focused on council facilities.

St John Harvey spend 25 years worth of savings -

Patron of the Harvey Sub Centre Charlie Gerschow, Sub Centre chairman Paul Beech and St John Ambulance CEO Mitchelle Fyfe
Camera IconPatron of the Harvey Sub Centre Charlie Gerschow, Sub Centre chairman Paul Beech and St John Ambulance CEO Mitchelle Fyfe Credit: Kasper Johansen/Harvey-Waroona Reporter/Kasper Johansen

After 25 years of saving lives and money, the St John Harvey Sub Centre has finally reached the $1 million fundraising mark, allowing for important upgrades to the facilities.

The Harvey-based branch — which attended 1387 call-outs in the Harvey area last year — saved its service fees since 1996, building upon an initial $20,000 in reserves to reach $1,069,000 with no outside funding.

$3.5m to get town’s heart beating -

Shire of Waroona councillor Laurie Snell, Shire CEO Dean Unsworth, Lotterywest commissioner Kingsley Dixon, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, shire president Mike Walmsley and councillor Vince Vitale.
Camera IconShire of Waroona councillor Laurie Snell, Shire CEO Dean Unsworth, Lotterywest commissioner Kingsley Dixon, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, shire president Mike Walmsley and councillor Vince Vitale. Credit: Kasper Johansen / Harvey-Waroona Reporter/Kasper Johansen

Plans to give the Waroona townsite a community “heart” are still beating after more than $450,000 was pumped into the project last week.

The new Lotterywest grant brings the total funding for phase one of the revitalisation project to $3.5 million, with the State Government’s $1.3m contribution to the project earlier this year joining further funding from the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Fund and local community groups.

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