Community centre of 150th acknowledgment

The City of Karratha is looking for ideas from the community about how best to acknowledge the sesquicentenary of Roebourne next year.

Following consultation in the Roebourne community, the City will be getting in touch with residents across the City, as well as traditional owners and descendants of the original Roebourne settlers to help plan the commemorations.

A series of sculptures around the town commemorating its history have already been approved by Council.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Roebourne has a long history as one of Western Australia’s oldest towns.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the fantastic community-driven events planned to acknowledge 150 Roebourne,” Cr Long said.

“Roebourne residents are very proud of their town and their history and we want to acknowledge this history as well as the strong Aboriginal culture of the town through 150 Roebourne,” he said.

“We’ve already had heaps of ideas including community events, fireworks, an Elders memory board and a photographic exhibition and we’re looking to hear more ideas to make this something the community will cherish and remember.”

The 150 Roebourne events will take place during July and August 2016 with the help of $100,000 in funding from the City of Karratha.

Roebourne was gazetted as a town in 1866 and is the oldest town between Geraldton and Darwin.