Throwback Thursday- A decade ago in the Esperance Express

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It's our favourite time of the week, a chance to reflect on the changes in Esperance, the faces and the fun that was being had 10 years ago this week.

Making headlines in October 2009 was a mechanical harvesting of Esperance's first trial plot of blue gum trees, 17 years after they were first planted.

The trial demonstrated their potential for woodchips and illustrated the future viability of plantation trees in the region.

A mechanical harvester was transported from Albany to conduct the first trial harvest at David and Penny Smallwood's Chips Tree Farm in Merivale, 30km east of Esperance.

The Smallwood's farm was one of 22 trial sites that were planted by the South East Forest Foundation in 1992.

Each of the sites was specifically chosen to cover a diverse range of soil types and rainfall patterns within the region, with the aim of establishing whether plantation trees could be grown in Esperance

Take a look at our gallery and see if you can spot any familiar faces.