Kalamunda: Bibbulmun Track upgrades opened

Kalamunda: Bibbulmun Track upgrades opened

A FACELIFT at the northern end of the famed Bibbulmun Track was officially opened last Sunday with a Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Olman Walley.

Olman said the Bibbulmun Track was culturally important and crossed through 14 of the clan groups in the South West region.

Bibbulmun Track chair Mike Wood said the trail would help drive more tourists to visit the Hills.

“It has been fantastic for us to see how the local community has embraced the trail and really got the idea that the trail is not only a great way to engage community, but also bring tourism into town,” he said.

“The new link will provide an excellent start or finish to Bibbulmun Track walkers.”

Shire of Kalamunda President Andrew Waddell said the upgrade to the terminus structure and a designated walkway would increase its visual prominence using artistic influences to provide signage, shade and seating and connect the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus to the Perth Hills Visitor Centre.

“The project is supported by Tourism Western Australia through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program and has involved extensive stakeholder engagement,” he said.

“We have collaborated broadly with numerous government departments, community groups and local businesses in the design.

“We also engaged artists, Aurora Abraham and Sharyn Egan, who worked to bring a strong indigenous influence to the interpretive walk.”

Member for Kalamunda John Day said it was fantastic to see the project supported by Tourism WA.

“It will enable a better connection to the Perth Hills Visitor Centre, which is now very popular tourism destination,” he said.

“It is wonderful to see the continued growth of tourism in the region, and projects such as this really support the industry.”