The Governor today visited Kalbarri to meet and hear from local residents and businesses in the wake of TC Seroja, which tore through the area nearly five weeks ago.
The popular tourist town bore the full brunt of the cyclone, which also left a path of destruction through other parts of the Mid West including Northampton, Mingenew, Three Springs, Perenjori and other rural communities.
Thirteen local government areas have been impacted with the Governor today meeting with representatives from the Mid West Development Commission and the Shire of Northampton for an update on their hard work and progress.
Following a tour to inspect damage, the Governor also chatted with a variety of business operators to hear first-hand the challenges they are facing in not only rebuilding but also in staying open and operational following the drop in tourists which are the lifeblood for this region.
“Today was a really helpful and fascinating visit to Kalbarri to get a look at how the tough people of this area and the Mid West are coping,” said the Governor
“They should be very proud of the way in which they have defended themselves and are working back into their full effectiveness in the wake of the terrible damage from the cyclone.”
“This is a beautiful town and it is beautiful again thanks to the hard work of the community, support services and volunteers. Whilst there still is damage it is once again a town ready for tourism and I encourage all West Australians to get behind this wonderful community and the region, and offer it their support.”