South West leaders on what Western Australian means to them ahead of WA Day this weekend
The WA Day long weekend gives a chance for West Australians to stop and reflect on what it means to live, work and play here.
For many, WA has been home forever, while others have found it later in life — this State means something different to everyone.
Confined mostly to our own patch for the last 18 months, our relationship with WA might have changed, or strengthened as we regain touch with our home.
This week, the South Western Times spoke to a number of leaders from different areas around Bunbury and the South West to find out what being Western Australian means to them.
Kristy Gillian - Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be a West Australian.
For me, WA Day allows time to reflect and celebrate with our families and friends on who we are as West Australians.
We have a lot to be proud of and we should absolutely celebrate the cultural diversity and lifestyle we enjoy today.
With the impacts of COVID-19 ravaging the world, WA is considered by many as one of the safest places on the planet to live.
Sarah Stanley - Collie Shire president
On WA Day, I always like to reflect on how lucky I am to get to live in Collie — the best town in the best region in the best State in the best country in the world.
Our people are fabulous, our lifestyle is enviable and our potential is limitless. Happy WA Day to all.
Gary Brennan - Bunbury City Mayor
WA Day is a day of celebrating everything we enjoy about being West Aussies, and thanking those who are no longer with us that made a contribution to ensure what we have now.
This applies to our Indigenous community with 50,000 plus years of history through to our most recent new citizens arriving from many parts of the world.
It is also important to recognise and help where we can to alleviate the social and mental health challenges that many people confront on a daily basis.
We are all West Australians, let’s not forget that nor take it for granted as it is a privilege.
Nola Marino - Member for Forrest
Our South West is a very special part of Western Australia — please stay safe on our roads and be patient while enjoying the WA Day long weekend.
Simone Nani - South West Football League general manager
WA has so much to offer and is without a doubt, the best place to live.
Our State is full of opportunities, has fabulous places to visit and the best coast- lines in the world.
It is always great to visit other States and countries (when we could), however there is nothing like coming home to WA.
After the last 18 months we now know it is also among the safest places to live.
This weekend we should all be proud of this wonderful State we live in and celebrate the achievements and commitments made by everyone who has contributed to the growth and safety of our home.
Don Punch - Bunbury MLA
There is no doubt in my mind WA is the best place to live in Australia.
The challenges we have faced and overcome in the past year or so show what a fantastic community we are and how we can achieve great things when we come together.
I am very proud to be a Western Australian.
We are a State of amazing natural beauty but it is the people and the communities that make WA the place we all are proud to call home.
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