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The Shire of Harvey has appointed Gresley Abbas Architects to produce a Concept Plan for the proposed redevelopment of the Yarloop Workshops site in Yarloop.

This site is the major and most complicated site that was impacted by the January 2016 fire which destroyed 166 buildings in the town and left very little remaining of the mostly timber structures at the Workshops.

Shire President Cr Jackson stated in relation to the appointment –

“Council is at the commencement of perhaps a five year project with this site redevelopment.  While it is acknowledged that the structures lost cannot be replaced as they were, we are committed to redeveloping the site in a manner sympathetic to the past but in a manner that is both interesting and interactive”.

“We believe that Architects Gresley Abbas have the capacity, experience and motivation to see this site become one of the major visitation drawcards in the South West once again, albeit the experience will be different from days gone by”.

Some of the items salvaged from the fire that can be restored include 3 locomotives, which will remain as real life representations of the era past.  The Steam workshops section of the site remains insitu and will be a feature attraction of the redevelopment.

The Shire encourages local residents to have input and put forward their ideas for the redevelopment of the Yarloop Workshops site.  Further information on consultation for the Workshops and other ways of having input will shortly be provided.

The Concept Plan for the redevelopment of the Yarloop Workshops is expected to be completed by early 2019.


Further Information Shire President Tania Jackson 0417 957 405


The Shire of Harvey is delighted to welcome new Chief Executive Officer Ms. Annie Riordan who will commence in the position on 13th November, 2018.

Ms. Riordan’s current role is as the Director Corporate and Community Services with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, where she commenced in November 2010 having a previous background in Local Government and private industry.

Shire President Cr Jackson stated on behalf of Council,

“Council and staff very much look forward to working with Ms Riordan in delivering high quality Local Government for our community”.

Ms. Riordan holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Governance, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with previous local government roles at the Cook Shire Council, Queensland and City of Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Annie has also been involved in Local Government Professionals (LGP) programs in Queensland and represented WA as an international exchange participant to British Colombia, Canada in 2012. In 2014 she travelled on a scholarship to Japan with the CLAIR Local Government Cooperation on an Exchange Seminar.  Annie is actively involved with the Local Government Professionals WA Association both at a State level being a member of the State Board and also as an Executive Member with the South West branch.

On a personal note, Annie is married to Patrick and they have four children.  Annie loves to travel and to run, sometimes combining both having once run the Tokyo Marathon.