Residents ‘belong’

AS one of the Ten-Pound Poms who found ourselves in the newly established districts of Lynwood and Ferndale during the 60s, the idea of having our City split between Gosnells and Melville is a totally unpopular concept.

Opened by then-Premier David Brand in 1965, it was typical of the ‘scorched earth’ system ” brick boxes in a sea of sand and not a blade of grass or a tree in sight.

There were no schools, shops, bus, church or doctor and no amenity closer than Boans at what became Carousel.

Councillors Len Barlett, Don Briggs and Geoff Roberts to name but a few served enthusiastically on council under popular mayor, Ern Clark.

Cr Bartlett, a distance education officer, reminded council that we must have a library besides our sports facilities.

Therefore, a school, library, a bus, a church, Scouts Guides, a seniors’ club, kindergarten and eventually a community hall, the Wandarrah (Aboriginal name for ‘the meeting place’) came.

Every single feature that constitutes a social community was tirelessly worked for and established by us ‘newcomers’.

Since then, some families have moved ‘up market’ and a few others returned to their roots in the UK. Many of us are now retired, yet retain a strong sense of community ” a ‘belonging’ sketched in Anne Roberts’ book New Roots (copies of which are in Riverton Library).

Boundaries on a map are proposed but, hopefully, subject to comment and I trust open to challenge.

Anne White, Lynwood