Abo­rig­i­nal links in walk trail

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

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.

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RIA park ser­vices man­ager Clint Hull and Rottnest Foun­da­tion chair­man Jeff King at Wad­jemup Trail.

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