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All members of the CAPS Inc. Committee are either past or present residents of Yarloop or the surrounding Community and have a strong shared history with, and connection to their respective communities.
Some examples of the various community services and voluntary roles provided by CAPS Inc. Committee members to date include:
The substance of a good society is predominantly located in good people who live decent lives and sometimes, when called upon, these good people step up to be leaders. Merv McDonald was a good all-round Aussie guy. Someone everyone liked to hang out with and always good for a laugh. His infectious laughter often rang out in meetings and catch ups with family and friends. He wasn’t really one for straight talking, preferring instead to joke around to show his care and interest in people and events around him. But if drawn to he could call a spade a spade and hold his own in any situation where his family or town was under threat.
Merv was a well-known Yarloopian for many years serving the community as a leading member of the Bushfire Brigade. Moving down south closer to the ocean near Bunbury in recent years. As a long-term local in Yarloop, he was drawn by a sense of outrage into a reluctant leadership role as part of CAPS. Merv had a keen eye for fair play and when he crossed paths with Alcoa at Wagerup, he could smell a rat. Merv became one of the key members of CAPS from the earliest days of the issue hitting the media in 2004. He has been Co-Chair and co-founder of CAPS, in this role worked closely with the other members of the executive on holding a spotlight to some of the most troubling politics and power plays in Australian mining history to date.
Merv is known for his loyalty and love of Yarloop. He kept his finger on the pulse of what Alcoa and the government were up to for more than 20 years. What he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing about the big multi-national corporation that has been such a poor neighbour to Yarloop and other nearby towns.