Historic town’s happy trail

Fourth generation Bindoon sisters Dawn Kay and Marilyn Morrice with some old netball photos, as Karen Dore, Helen Manning, Boyd Martin and Robert Hawes look on.
Fourth generation Bindoon sisters Dawn Kay and Marilyn Morrice with some old netball photos, as Karen Dore, Helen Manning, Boyd Martin and Robert Hawes look on.

The Shire of Chittering will use 12 signs to document Bindoon’s past on the main street and through lakeside bushland.

Karen Dore, the Shire’s economic development officer, said the Bindoon Townsite Heritage Walk idea had been in the pipeline for many years.

‘We had to come up with a creative concept because we are unfortunately one of the country towns with a highway going through it,’ Ms Dore said. ‘We are really excited about transforming the Bindoon stories we have collected into ‘trail tales’ for everyone to enjoy.’

The trail head begins at Clune Park, where a general history of Bindoon’s discovery, name and origin will be displayed.

Next, the trail crosses Great Northern Highway to tour the post office, town hall, sports complex and ambulance depot before it crosses over the highway again.

The final stops are at the general store, op shop and Bite restaurant before the path connects with the existing Lake Needoonga Walk behind Binda Place.

Shire President Robert Hawes said the heritage walk was a part of a long-term vision for the town.

‘It’s good to have a trail that will hopefully one day become part of a walkway that extends across the lake,’ Cr Hawes said.

So far 16 people have forwarded decades worth of photos and stories for the trail, which will be sorted over the next few weeks.

To share some history or ideas for the trail, call Karen Dore on 9576 4600 before 4pm on January 31.