Community commemorates 150 years

Tonight marks the beginning of Roebourne’s sesquicentenary commemorations, remembering the past and looking to the future of one of Western Australia’s oldest towns.

Supported by the City of Karratha, 150 Roebourne will acknowledge the culture and history of the town through a number of community-driven performances and events.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said 150 Roebourne was an opportunity to come together and commemorate an important milestone for the town.

“These events have been chosen by the people of Roebourne and are very special ways to commemorate 150 years in a way that the community feel is appropriate,” Cr Long said.

“The official launch and opening event taking place tonight will commemorate the past, present and future of Roebourne and as a component of the opening event, the City is a proud sponsor of ‘Tjaabi’,” he said.

“‘Tjaabi’ is a collaboration between local Ngarluma man Patrick Churnside, Big hART and local young people who have been working hard to develop and deliver a unique and exceptional cultural performance for the community,” he added.

“The City of Karratha is very pleased to support the program of events commemorating 150 Roebourne and I am looking forward to seeing our wider City embrace these experiences and opportunities in the coming days.”

150 Roebourne commemorations run from tonight until Sunday 21 August and include a town open day, cemetery memorial day, church service and community event with live music, food and markets.

For more information visit www.karratha.wa.gov.au/events