New trail like a metropoli­tan Bib­bul­mun track, says mayor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - NEWS -

THE Whad­juk trail net­work will give the metropoli­tan area its own ver­sion of the Bib­bul­mun track, says Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non.

Yange Kep Bidi, which starts at Fresh­wa­ter Bay on the Swan River fore­shore and fin­ishes at Lake Mon­ger, was re­cently opened to the pub­lic and at 21.2km in length, is the long­est of the three con­nected trails.

The net­work is an ini­tia­tive of com­mu­nity groups from the Western Sub­urbs Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils.

Ms Shan­non said it was fun­da­men­tal for lo­cal gov­ern­ments to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate places that are cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant to Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

“Per­son­ally, I’ve al­ways thought that it should be cel­e­brated and that’s how you can en­trench it in your his­tory,” she said.

“I think it’s a re­ally valu­able thing to do and it’s a nice way of lay­er­ing that his­tory and get­ting an affin­ity with that his­tory.

“It’s a bit like the Bib­bul­mun track, kind of like a metropoli­tan Bib­bul­mun track.”

Ms Shan­non said the net­work would en­cour­age peo­ple to get out­doors and get ac­tive.

“This is about us­ing your leisure to make the most of your nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and I think it is a re­ally nice way of do­ing that,” she said.

“It is lovely that all the coun­cils have got to­gether and made the trail.”

The trails link rem­nant bush­land, her­itage trails and sig­nif­i­cant Abo­rig­i­nal sites.

While the trails cel­e­brate her­itage, they are also up to date with cur­rent tech­nol­ogy and make use of an app that pro­vides in­for­ma­tion to walk­ers on spe­cific sites.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d448305

Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non at the end of the new Whad­juk trail.

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