Celebrating our Heroes a hit at Yanchep Central

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Yanchep Beach Joint Venture CEO Gin Wah Ang and Pearce MHR Christian Porter with Yanchep Volunteer Fire and Rescue members at the Yanchep Central Community Expo. Picture: Anita McInnes

CELEBRATING our Heroes day was another opportunity to thank fire and emergency service personnel for their efforts in the December bushfire while allowing local organisations to showcase their importance to the community.

At the Yanchep Central Community Expo earlier today Yanchep Central Shopping Centre donated a barbecue each to Yanchep Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and Two Rocks SES to show their gratitude and support for the volunteer organisations.

Two Rocks resident Louise Hart said the community expo was amazing.

“It’s great to see it so busy here,’’ she said.

When the Yanchep bushfire, which started on December 11, threatened Two Rocks it got as close as the end of Mrs Hart’s street.

“How lucky we are to have volunteers,’’ she said.

Yanchep Beach Joint Venture CEO Gin Wah Ang, City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with members of the Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade. Picture: Anita McInnes

Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association (TRYRA) was one of the groups which attended the community expo.

TRYRA secretary Lorraine Jackson said it was beneficial for the association to showcase the amount of information it had available for residents and to highlight how it worked hard to tackle issues community members were concerned about.

Kathy Nico from Yanchep Central Newsagency said there had been something for everyone at the community expo.

She said there had been things for seniors, fun and activities for children and information about the proposed rail extension and future shopping centre for those interested in investing in the area.

The community expo had brought many visitors to the shopping centre and led to increased coffee sales at the café.

Her favourite stall was the one manned by City of Wanneroo personnel because it had lots of information available in the one place.

Yanchep Central Shopping Centre manager Nicola Johnstone said the annual community expo was a free event, which aimed to improve awareness of the services provided by the various organisations, charities, clubs, groups and businesses that were available to the wider community.

“Many of those  who participated this year, rely heavily upon volunteers and donations,’’ she said.

“We host this event as a show of our gratitude for their contributions towards the community, but also to help these organisations promote their services and hopefully gain extra volunteers, members, enrolments, funding or enquiries.”

Other groups and associations to attend the community expo included Yanchep Districts Junior Football Club, Yanchep Two Rocks Home Support Group, Yanchep-Two Rocks RSL, Uniting Care West, Yanchep United Football Club, Yanchep Netball Club,  Two Rocks Yanchep Assisted Cancer Travels, Yanchep Community Men’s Shed, West Aussie Reptiles, Yanchep Police, Y.hub, Two Rocks Yanchep Culture & Arts Network, Books to Inspire, Yanchep Secondary College, Atlantis Beach Baptist College, Quinns Rocks Environmental Group, Access Training Academy, Electric Entertainment, ConTempo Music, One Agency North, Metronet and LJ Hooker whose staff were fundraising for the Yanchep Red Hawks Senior Football Club.

Butler MLA John Quigley and his daughters, Yanchep Beach Joint Venture CEO Gin Wah Ang and Two Rocks SES members with their barbecue. Picture Anita McInnes

The Yanchep bushfire destroyed beehives and a house as well as the Yanchep Service Station on Yanchep Beach Rd.

By December 14, there were 400 firefighters fighting the blaze, which burnt about 13,000ha between Wanneroo Rd, Yanchep, Seatrees and Breakwater estates, Two Rocks and Woodridge.

It also threatened Guilderton and other localities in the Shire of Gingin.

During the bushfire, firefighters including personnel from the Parks and Wildlife Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services and the Career Fire and Rescue Service saved more than 6000 homes in the area.