Shire backs plan for walking trail upgrades

Rita Gray, Maurie Sparkman, Laureen Brown, Peter Charles, Diane Lomas, Mary-Anne Young and Diana Fisher. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d409530
Rita Gray, Maurie Sparkman, Laureen Brown, Peter Charles, Diane Lomas, Mary-Anne Young and Diana Fisher. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d409530

The Shire aims to develop a loop trail between Kalamunda, Bickley and Pickering Brook and a link from Kalamunda through to the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail after results from a survey held in 2012 found that 60 per cent of the 306 respondents felt that existing trails were not suitable.

Future plans also include linking Mundaring and Mundaring Weir with Kalamunda.

Gooseberry Hill resident Rita Gray, who leads a weekly walking group through Kalamunda, said the group welcomed plans for a loop trail.

‘We take the railway track up to Bickley and that’s where it ends so we just head back the way we came, but a loop trail would be good,’ she said.

‘If the trail looped around we would be able to spend more time out there ” it would take about two hours instead of one and we could take in more scenery.

‘More trails would mean more variety for walkers.’

The Shire estimates the cost of the design process for the projects at $25,000.

It will seek funding from government bodies.

Under the plan’s short-term initiatives, the Shire would create a key trail activity area for walking, horse riding and off road cycling in John Forrest National Park by 2013/ 2014.

The plan also outlines marketing strategies.