Time to share your story and win

Time to share your story and win

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The first timber mill was built in Jarrahdale on the banks of Gooralong Creek in May 1872, in the area now rehabilitated as Heritage Park.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale will launch a new community history awards initiative this month which aims to celebrate the area’s rich history.

Shire President Rob Coales said the SJ Remembers Community History Awards would highlight the importance of preserving and honouring the shire’s local history.

“We’re excited to recognise the contributions of individuals and groups who have dedicated themselves to sharing the stories and traditions that make our community unique,” he said.

The awards, organised by SJ Library Services, encompass a range of categories including Written Memoir, Photographic Memory (pre-2000), Original Research, and Oral History. Winners in each category will receive a prize of $500, with $200 awarded to runners-up.

All winners will also receive their awards at a prestigious Community History Awards Presentation Night in June.

“We encourage everyone in our community to participate and share their stories,” President Coales said.

“The SJ Remembers Community History Awards not only celebrate our past but also reinforce our commitment to community engagement and recognising the outstanding efforts of those who have shaped our history.”

The submission period for the awards is open from 22 April to 31 May.

Entries can be submitted in person at Byford Library or online through the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale website. Detailed information and submission guidelines are available on the website at www.sjshire.wa.gov.au/sjremembers