Path funding to link Rotto lakes

RIA Marine and Terrestrial Services manager Roland Mau and RIA chairman John Driscoll look at the path plans.
RIA Marine and Terrestrial Services manager Roland Mau and RIA chairman John Driscoll look at the path plans.

Using funding from Lotterywest ($100,000) and the RIA ($125,000), the authority plans to start work in March and finish in mid 2014.

RIA Marine and Terrestrial Services manager Roland Mau said the RIA was still seeking external sponsorship to complete the project, which helped it win a gold Sustainable Tourism medal at the recent WA Tourism Awards.

‘We are working with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to make sure we are using the right material,’ Mr Mau, of Mosman Park, said.

‘We are starting with existing tracks and realigning where we can to create a nice walking experience.’

RIA chairman John Driscoll said visitors to Rottnest were rarely exposed to the lakes so the path network would make them more accessible.

The path will also provide direct access to Wadjemup.

The RIA has also secured a Federal Government grant to build a $100,000 viewing platform at Cathedral Rocks in 2015.

‘There’s a colony of New Zealand fur seals there so the platform will give the public better access to them,’ Mr Mau said.