Rottnest Island Authority completes Wadjemup Bidi Walk Trail ahead of schedule and at half budgeted cost


Eilidh Graham at Rocky Bay. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d476375

Seals at Cathedral Rocks Rottnest Island. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d476508
Eilidh Graham at Rocky Bay. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d476375 Seals at Cathedral Rocks Rottnest Island. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d476508

THE Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has completed the Wadjemup Bidi Walk Trail at half the budgeted cost by up-skilling staff and changing materials throughout the project.

The five-year project was expected to cost $8 million but has been delivered in four-and-a-half years at $4.2 million.

RIA project manager Eilidh Graham said rangers had built everything themselves.

“The workmanship is amazing,” she said.

The fifth and final section of the trail that included adding three formal beach access paths in the west end was funded by a $210,000 Federal Government grant administered by Tourism WA.

It also funded an operations officer for the year who helped to build the final piece of the puzzle.

Ms Graham said boaties at Marjorie Bay could now walk from their mooring to Rocky Bay on a formal path, which also linked to the seal viewing platform at Cathedral Rocks.

Competitors in next year’s 32.7km Rottnest SwimRun endurance event will run along parts of the trail.

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