The Waroona Heritage Poles (Bush Poles) were built in 2000. More than 100 people attended the Waroona Visitor Centre for the unveiling of the Heritage Bush Poles. Merle and Tony Davis were the starters of the project that started in 1999 and was completed in 2000.
It was a big community project and there were lots of organisations involved such as engineers and the Shire. The poles were designed to represent the mining, earthmoving, mineral sands and ALCOA industries. The carvings include a Kangaroo, Trout, Crab, Marron, Drake, Dairy Cow, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Aboriginal landscapes, a Water Skier and a Hand Gripping a Spanner to represent the town’s industry.
The poles have inspired other towns and sculptures not only in W.A. As other states have completed similar projects.
The artists wrapped the poles in black plastic so the poles didn’t dry out quickly. The most remarkable thing about Waroona’s Heritage Poles is the fact that all were made by members of the community, most of who had never picked up a chisel or paintbrush in the name of art.