You should be thankful
TO Jan Norris (Thumbs up, thumbs down. May 16) complaining about another historic landmark gone. May I ask what you or the community did to help preserve the old school and prevent it becoming another derelict eyesore? If you had taken any notice, you would have seen that it was well on the way to becoming just that.
At least now it will be restored to its original, if not better, condition. If you doubt this, then go to Taunton Farm and look at the old Cowaramup Congregational Church which was also derelict before Rob and Julie Saunders moved and restored it.
Instead of complaining, you should be thanking them for preserving local history.
Kevan Gray, Cowaramup
Thank you for the generosity
IT’S hard to believe it’s been six months since the fire and many are only just starting to make inroads into the clean-up. At a time when post-fire thank-yous could end up rivalling the telephone directory, there are a few silent angels we’d like to publicly mention.
What began as a small set of donations to help a few, burgeoned into a major collection that assisted many.
So, thank you to Janelle and Jay Harper for donating a Coles voucher for Bear; Kim Seidler and family for donating cash to buy the Holzers a soda maker and a Collingwood scarf for Stewie; the Sturges family from Donnybrook Pharmacy for a generous cash donation which provided everything from a spirit level to lift the spirits of the Goodridges as they contemplate the re-building process, to funds for the local bushfire brigades; Audrey Barth’s donation of several massages to ease the pain; Rebecca Williams from BECCA Cosmetics for Marjorie’s beautiful pamper pack; Alison Webb for Garrath’s bike, along with Mark Sherriff at Bicycle Entrepreneurs in Scarborough; Jenny and Ali Matthews from Applecross for collecting so much useful gear from the city folk, and Numo for delivering it to Prevelly; Jamie Baillie, Gail McMahon, Helen Stockwell and Leigh Honey for helping sort out the donations; Alesha, AJ and the Gnarabar/White Elephant crew for pouring and lifting spirits; the Roller Derby girls for simply helping out; Deb Earl, for her kind gesture during an emotional moment of frustration; Dave Bursey from Credaro Wines for kick starting new cellar collections for those who lost theirs; Andrea Gallagher from Ze Arc of Iris for a dinner voucher; Dave Macaulay for the surfboard for Alex Stewart; and Mark Phillips from Hip Pocket Workwear in Busselton for boxes full of new work clobber for those starting the clean up of their properties. Please support these businesses if you have opportunity. They really gave generously.
Nat Muir, Prevelly, on behalf of recipients
Car parking headache
I HAVE experienced many problems trying to find a park outside the
recreation centre on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. This because of the many girls that train and play netball, gym goers, swimmers, coaches, arts council volunteers and/or shire building visitors/customers.
Coming from Cowaramup we are often just making it on time after school and there is no parking available at this time so we are forced to park in the bush or right up the gravel road to the Nippers oval. There is sometimes parking at Gloucester Park.
I realise this is not a problem solved overnight but quite obviously it was never given enough thought when someone decided to build the shire building right in the middle of a very busy sporting area, across from a school that has virtually no parking either.
I would like you to print my poem on behalf of the many parents facing the same problem, as a ‘thinking’ point for those who decided to rob us of the very few parking spaces that we had in a ‘friendly’ protest.
Concerned sporting parent, Cowaramup
Find Me a Car Park
It’s the dread of a Saturday morning, it’s the thought of standing there cold.
Not getting a weekend sleep-in, not wanting to – but being told.
Get the uniforms out and ready, get the mouthguards and take off the rings.
Fill up the icy cold water bottles, grab a few last minute things.
So you’re up and you’re ready to support. It’s not too bad now the sun has come out.
Both kids are ready for battle, but yours has just come about!
For someone built a big building, right where you used to park.
To find a free spot here is impossible, it would surely take you to dark.
This big, beautiful sporting area, has been turned into an architect’s dream
That is fine for the people who work there, but a nightmare for those on a team.
The only thing is to go bush, park on the verges and in pits.
When you are rushing from oval to court, it’s enough to give anyone the ……!