City of Kalgoorlie - Boulder

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA

Contact:
Ian Fletcher (CEO)

Email:
mailbag@kalbould.wa.gov.au

Website:
http://www.kalbould.wa.gov.au

Phone:
08 9021 9600

Fax:
08 9021 6113

Address:
PO Box 2042
Boulder WA 6432

"Don't just visit….Explore!"
That's the invitation from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to all who head out east, around 600 kilometres from Perth into the hub of the goldfields. And for all who take up the invitation, there is just so much to see and do.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder is Australia's largest outback City and was named Western Australia's Top Tourism Town in 2002. The population is around 32,000 and with an average age of less than 30, it is a young, vibrant community.

When you walk the wide streets of Kalgoorlie and as you turn every corner, you can feel and see history with every step. The superb architecture of the early 1900's and wide streets designed that way to be able to turn a camel train.

In the first of two special Home in WA features on the goldfields, David Grant talks with the Mayor of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Ron Yuryevich, now in his second term in the position after serving previously from 1992 to 1999. The Mayor discusses the impact a buoyant mining industry has on the general economy of Kalgoorlie-Boulder; recent upgrading of facilities at the city's airport terminal; the new Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre and plans for a new golf course, replacing the three existing courses as one amalgamated grand "super course"

For many, the gracious period architecture of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's many hotels and public buildings remains an outstanding feature of the City.

The Kalgoorlie Town Hall on Hannan Street has been operational since 1908 and Council meetings are still held there twice a month, making it the longest-serving Council Chamber in the State.

We also inspect the statue of Paddy Hannan who's gold discovery in 1893 set Kalgoorlie-Boulder on its way. Actually, it is a replica of the original statue, which is now sitting in the Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame. Inside the Town Hall there are many valuable art works and historical items including a bust of CY O'Connor who brought water to the goldfields.

The Boulder Town Hall has also been operational since 1908. It's been host to many performances and exhibitions over the years and the City's annual art prize is held here. The hall features the famous Phillip Goatcher stage curtain which was fully restored by the City Council in conjunction with Heritage and is one of just a handful of working stage curtains left in the world.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder retains the exciting image of a frontier town that was born with the gold rush of the late 1800's but now there's a blend of that pioneering heritage with modern services and facilities.

So whether you're a visitor or a family looking for a relaxed lifestyle with a secure future for yourself and your children, Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a very impressive package. In fact, it's "Pure Gold".