Walk­ers bring hills alive

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The sun was shin­ing and a light breeze filled the air to make for per­fect con­di­tions for the Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Yabu­rara Her­itage Trail walk at the week­end.

Now in its sixth year, about 120 peo­ple opted to make the trek across the hills be­hind Kar­ratha.

The event in­cluded a photo com­pe­ti­tion this year and par­tic­i­pants were en­cour­aged to check out the shop at the Kar­ratha Visi­tor Cen­tre as well.

Walk founder Stuart Otto said the idea be­hind the walk was sim­ply to have a sig­na­ture event for the com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion.

“No­body was do­ing it and the trail wasn’t re­ally well known by the com­mu­nity at large so we thought, ‘let’s present the hills’,” he said.

“The first bus­load at 8am was full. I asked, ‘how many peo­ple haven’t done the trail be­fore?’ And over half put their hands up to say they had never done it be­fore.”

Mr Otto said it was good to see more walk trails go­ing up around Cos­sack, Roe­bourne and Wick­ham.

Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Jo Pritchard said the walk was a good op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to get out and see the views from the top of the hills

Ms Pritchard said re­cent up­grades to the Yabu­rara Her­itage Trail track such as sig­nage and indige­nous stat­ues had made a big dif­fer­ence to its pop­u­lar­ity.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

KCA mem­ber Dion Fraser with walk­ers Bec Smith, right, Macken­zie, 9, Wy­att, 3, Daniel, 4 and Ny­lah, 5.

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