Swing kings of the Hills

Hills Big Band members get ready for Walk the Zig Zag this weekend. Picture: Bruce Hunt d426596
Hills Big Band members get ready for Walk the Zig Zag this weekend. Picture: Bruce Hunt d426596

The annual event, now in its 14th year, attracts more than 4000 walkers who stroll down the 3km stretch of windy road, taking in the views of the Hills and city.

Local bands have been carefully chosen to provide some of the entertainment to fit in with this year’s ‘Groove’ theme.

Band manager John Perry said the 22 members were thrilled to be back to send participants off on a musical high at the end of their walk.

‘We set up opposite the spot where people can stop and have some food and listen to our music,’ he said.

‘We try play different songs each year but we also play some of the favourites.’

Kalamunda Music Academy, which formed earlier this year, will make its Walk the Zig Zag debut.

Daryl Eagle, a WA Academy of Performing Arts graduate who formed the group, said it was important for the students’ skills to be exposed at local events.

‘I lived in Forrestfield and about two years ago I moved but I noticed that there was nothing around here that offered this service,’ he said.

‘I was given permission to hold classes at Forrestfield Primary School and there are plans to offer band workshops next school term.’

He said tutors and a three-piece band comprising his students would perform during the event.

Kalamunda Shire chief executive Rhonda Hardy said there would also be stalls, camel rides, face painting and children’s activities. Free buses will run from Stirk Park in Kalamunda and Maida Vale Reserve on Ridgehill Road from 8.30am on the day.

As walkers spill onto the Zig Zag they will be greeted by entertainment and given a passport for their journey and sunscreen.

Customs Posts can be found at each of the bends to collect novelty stamps for the inside of this Passport.

For more information, call the Shire on 9257 9999 or go to kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

WHAT:Walk the Zig Zag
WHEN: Sunday, October 5
WHERE: Zig Zag Scenic Drive, Gooseberry Hill
INFORMATION: call 9257 9999 or go to www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au