We’ve just finished a brief tour into part of the Avon Valley and Goomalling about the novels. Thanks so much to those who came and the people in the libraries at Toodyay and Northam and the CRC in Goomalling for all their assistance. We reckon it was very successful.
Goomalling was interesting for Karen and me, because I was principal of the District High School, as it was then, in 1986. What was particularly touching for both of us, because we both worked on it, was to see a community newspaper we started through the Participation and Equity Program (PEP) continuing as a fortnightly production. It’s called The Endeavour (the word endeavour was and is the motto of the school) and as much as us being touched, it’s a tribute to the communal spirit and resilience of rural people. So much of what we, city, people take for granted only happens in rural areas through voluntarism and the community newspaper is one example. So, too, is the effort by the Goomalling people to work with the Dowerin Field Day, yet take time out to come and see us. And Northam and Toodyay exhibit similar communal spirit in how events are arranged and conducted. For example, the Avon Valley Writer’s Festival takes place in Toodyay on the 19th and 20th September involving both Toodyay and Northam (as well as York, we believe).
There is so much to commend in country life and voluntarism is just one aspect. But good on you mobs for all you do so cheerfully and so willingly.