Groups are funded to go up the creek in Lesmurdie

Sponsor representatives Ric Sugars from Kalamunda Rotary and Councillor Geoff Stallard were at the group’s AGM when the project was announced.
Sponsor representatives Ric Sugars from Kalamunda Rotary and Councillor Geoff Stallard were at the group’s AGM when the project was announced.

A MAJOR community project, “Up the creek!” is to take place literally up the creek from Lesmurdie Falls, co-ordinated by two community groups who have already attracted funding from the Shire of Kalamunda.

Lesmurdie and Districts Community Association and partners Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls have worked together to design the project, which will upgrade the area with pathways, unique seating and bridges crossing the creek that leads to the Falls.

The project was one of 10 submitted last year when the community was asked for ideas. Since then, funding applications have been submitted to various authorities including the shire, which allocated $48,000 from its present budget.

A group spokesman said the initial funding from the shire opened the gates for other funding and had meant the project had credibility as a community initiative that would serve not only local residents but also tourists and the business community.

Shire President Andrew Waddell said: “It’s fabulous when community-based groups are able to get projects like this off the ground. The Falls are iconic to the area and this will ensure it will be there to be enjoyed by many generations to come.”

It is expected that the project will start as soon as the results of these applications are in and it will take a year to complete the upgrade of the site.