Aboriginal links in walk trail
ROTTNEST Foundation chairman Jeff King, of Duncraig, knows Rottnest Island like the back of his hand. He has been visiting the island all his life, but has only just discovered what his two favourite bays are.
The fifth and final section of the Wadjemup Bidi, a 45km walk trail around Rottnest that was finished recently, between Rocky and Marjorie bays, is Mr King’s favourite spot on the island.
He has been part of the steering committee for the project since it started more than four years ago.
“We had a fantastic steering committee chaired by the Foundation made up of members of the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA), Rottnest Society, the Winnits, Conservation Volunteers and the Rottnest Volunteer Guides Association,” Mr King said.
“We met on a regular basis over that period and talked about ideas and how to source funds for the project.”
Each section of the trail has an Aboriginal name.
RIA park services manager Clint Hull said they consulted with the traditional owners of Rottnest so each section had a connection to the island.
RIA park services manager Clint Hull and Rottnest Foundation chairman Jeff King at Wadjemup Trail.