The City of Kalamunda has officially opened the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus Link project today, 1 September 2017. The Bibbulmun Track is an iconic Western Australian environmental landmark, and attracts visitors and tourists from across the World.
Mayor Andrew Waddell said, “The City of Kalamunda has always been very proud to have the iconic Bibbulmun Track start – or end depending on how you wish to walk – here in Kalamunda.”
“The upgrade to the Terminus and a designated walkway will increase its visual prominence, connecting the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus to the Perth Hills Visitor Centre. The interpretive trail leads visitors on a journey from Kalamunda’s Aboriginal heritage and European influences blending art, culture and the natural environment.”
“I would like to make special mention of our Artists, Aurora Abraham and Sharyn Egan, who worked with Emerge Consultants to bring a strong indigenous influence to the interpretive walk and to Gordon Mitchell for his sculptural work on the project.”
Project direction and integrity assurance was sought from relevant Government Aboriginal agencies, Heritage groups and stakeholders.
Starting at the track itself, the large steel etched Wagyl, the symbol of the Bibbulmun Track, represents the carved landforms and waterways of the region. The 6 Aboriginal language groups of the South West region are represented in the 6 meeting point circles along Railway Road; the largest circle at the Terminus is indicative of a communal fire pit. The language groups are also reflected in the six, upright abstract leaves and Coolamon shaped poles at the Track entrance.
At the Mundaring Weir Road end of the Terminus are the three interpretive signs of the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail and the three adjacent stations. Railway sleepers set in the footpath refer directly to the train link and the European settlement of the Kalamunda township.
The project was supported by Tourism Western Australia through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program. Neville Collard performed a Welcome to Country, with Special Guests Hon Ken Wyatt, Federal Member for Hasluck, Matthew Hughes, Member for Kalamunda, City of Kalamunda Councillors, Representatives from Tourism WA, Department Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions - Parks and Wildlife, the Bibbulmun Track Foundation Board, Executive Director and Life Members, Australian Garden History Society, Kalamunda Rotary Club, Emerge and Associates, Le Grove Landscaping, Kalamunda Men’s Shed, the Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society, and the friends of Railway Heritage Trail.