Thursday 13th September 2018
Gary Van Burgel, the ADSA Walk Pilot Driver, ADSA South West Representative, and past Lodge Master of the Yarloop Masonic Lodge
In front of this plaque is an eerie empty space where a part of history once stood taken by a catastrophic bush fire in 2016 that destroyed Yarloop leaving only a few homes standing and a community mourning the death of two their neighbours and friends. They were also burdened with the knowledge that the asbestos products in the homes that burnt had contaminated their land and the surrounding areas with respirable asbestos fibres. The clean up of the town of Yarloop was a long process and community members are now rebuilding their lives.
Gary took the ADSA Walk Team on a tour of Yarloop explaining the lay out of the town before and after the fire. Amazingly the Yarloop Masonic Lodge was spared. This simple yet magnificent building lined with local jarrah made for a meaningful stop on the tour.
The Yarloop Country Womans Association aka Courageous Womens Association warmly welcomed the ADSA Walk Team for a morning tea of fresh scones and delicious treats. But as Lois Blackburn, CWA Yarloop President, said, “the CWA is not just about tea and scones it is about providing real and tangible help to members of the community in need”.
Lois and her CWA Team gave a informative talk on the history of the CWA Yarloop which has just celebrated their 80th Anniversary with a book of Recipes and Handy Hints. Stories were shared about the 2016 fires impact on individuals and the CWA ladies sold every copy they had of the book Stories from the Fireground.