About


Our Values

The Wonthella Progress Association Inc. (WPA) will work to ensure all decisions affecting the Wonthella community are fair and just, and consider future generations. It will make every effort to honour and protect the history of previous generations as well as promoting a happy and healthy community at all times. The WPA Inc. will operate with inclusiveness, integrity, and transparency for the benefit of the Wonthella community as a whole.

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 Mission Statement

The Wonthella Progress Association (WPA) will look back to recognise and preserve the rich history and pioneering spirit of those who first settled in Wonthella whilst moving forward to create a friendly and vibrant place to live for its current and future residents. The WPA Inc. will make every effort to protect Wonthella from development, including industry and road expansion that erodes or challenges the Wonthella community.

Vision Statement

The Wonthella Progress Association (WPA) will work together with residents to make Wonthella a friendly and vibrant place to live that nurtures a wonderful sense of community spirit.

WPA Executive

President:               Sally Edwards                               

Secretary:               Jenni Hargrave

Treasurer:               Ann Hawke

Strategic Plan       Click here to view the Strategic Plan

Constitution        Click here to view the WPA Constitution

WPA Life Members

George Kenworth Allen       b 1903— d 1977

George Kenworth Allen     

b. 4 April 1903— d. December 1977     

George Allen was a very liked and respected man. Always a champion of Wonthella he was an active member of the Wonthella Progress Association from its inception in 1932 until his death in 1977 including being President for many years. George also donated the land on which both the Wonthella Memorial Hall and the Allendale Primary School was erected.    

Click Here to view Geraldton Regional Library Information Sheet No 8

Elizabeth Dorothy Healy
b. 1910— d. 1983    

Mrs Beth Healy was the convener of the Wonthella Progress Association’s Catering Committee. She was an amazing organiser and much loved member of the Association. It was the money raised by the Catering Committee that eventually paid for the construction of the Wonthella Memorial Hall.

Elizabeth Dorothy Healy      b 1910— d 1983

 

Francis Robert Godwin 1905 - 1985 Francis (Frank) Robert Godwin
b. 1905 – d. 1985

Frank was very much involved with the actual construction of the Wonthella Memorial Hall and in addition to organising the weekly dances which were held after the opening of the hall.

Johannes (John) C Luk
b. 9 May 1931

John Luk received the honour April 1963 after carrying out the duties of President, Honorary Secretary as well as Treasurer for a number of years.  John was one of the members instrumental in raising funds for the building of the Wonthella Memorial Hall.

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Stanley (Stan) Gordon Gratte b 25 June 1930 Stan receiving his WPA Life Membership from The Mayor, Shane Van Styne Stanley (Stan) Gordon Gratte OAM
b. 25 June 1930
Stan and his wife Joy joined the Wonthella Progress Association in c.1955.  Stan has worked tirelessly on behalf of the WPA and has lobbied for for the betterment of Wonthella for many years. Stan, a well known local historian and long time Geraldton Historical Society member loves the history of Wonthella and is one of the valued contributors of historical information in this website.  Left: Stan receiving his WPA Life Membership from The Mayor, Shane Van Styne November 2015. Click Here to view Geraldton Regional Library Sheet No 22
 John Albert Schneider
b. 29 March 1939 – d. 16 January 2015
John Schneider received the honour of Life Membership after carrying out the duties of President and Vice President for a number of years. John was also the visionary of the Geraldton Rail Trail proposal and lobbied at a Local and State Government level for many years.  His health deteriorated after the onset of Parkinson disease and he passed away before seeing his dream of a multi user pathway on the former rail corridor come to pass.
John Schneider - Life Members