Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson

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    Federation funds boost Kojonup's Australia Day celebration

    18/01/2001 10:00 AM
     
    18/1/01

    The people of Kojonup will celebrate the Centenary of Federation this Australia Day with the unveiling of a replica wool wagon.

    Works; Services; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said the wagon perfectly represented the importance of the wool industry to the district.

    Kojonup secured $10,000 from the WA 2001 Community Centenary Project to help build the wagon.

    “The wool wagon is the ideal icon for the Kojonup district, which holds a proud place in WA’s 19th century history of exploration and pastoral settlement, and was largely built on the sheep’s back,” Mr Johnson said.

    “The replica will be a visible recognition of the region’s past and a fitting project to celebrate the Federation of Australia. It will also attract tourists to the area and help market the town as a gateway to the region.”

    Mr Johnson, who is also the State Minister responsible for the Centenary of Federation, said the WA 2001 Community Centenary Project had benefited a wide range of communities right across Western Australia.

    The opening of the Kojonup Federation Wool Wagon at Federation Park on Australia Day will be a celebration for the whole community.

    The day begins with a barbecue breakfast at 9am.

    Media contacts:
    Fran Hodge (Minister’s office) 9215 4800
    Trevor Fisher (Project co-ordinator) 9834 2255