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Koolunga to mark town's beginning

150 YEARS: Taylor and Paige Jones are ready to do the Koolunga History Walk at this week's 150th. Image provided.
150 YEARS: Taylor and Paige Jones are ready to do the Koolunga History Walk at this week's 150th. Image provided.

The picturesque gum tree lined street, local garage and primary school are part of what makes Koolunga, a town 20 minutes from Crystal Brook, so unique.

On Sunday, July 7 the town will be stepping back in time and celebrating their proclamation which occurred in 1869.

The land, originally sold into 83 blocks was settled upon in 1846 and only had a sheep station; but from there the community grew and now has just under 200 residents.

As part of their celebrations the town will be kicking it off with a CFS made breakfast at 8.30, followed by a 9 am church service.

At 10am, attendees will be invited to walk through the classrooms at Koolunga Primary School and reminisce, at the same time the history room will be opened at the town hall.

Into the afternoon, PADARC will parade through the main street before lunch is served at the town hall. Geoff Brock will be unveiling the commemorative plaque at 2pm and celebrations will continue afterwards.

Working on the event as part of the Koolunga Development Board Emma Weckert says she thinks the reunion will be good for everyone to get together and celebrate the town.

"We had the 125th, we have just followed it on every so many years to have a bit of a reunion and celebration. A lot of things have changed over time as well and we are still lucky to have a great little town and community," she said.

Emma explains that although things have changed slightly, a lot remains the same, which makes their town special.

"The wonderful local businesses we have, the Koolunga Garage and hotel who are always willing to lend a hand. The Koolunga Primary School where our children can all learn and grow together and most importantly the special people we have here in community. These are the things that make our town special and we invite all to celebrate that."

"Back in its heyday there was lots happening. We had three churches, we also had five schools," Emma said.