Recreational Trails Upgrade Set for Narrogin thanks to Lotterywest

Published on Friday, 15 October 2021 at 1:18:18 PM

A successful application to Lotterywest’s COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund by the Shire of Narrogin will deliver, over the next 12 months, a very attractive suite of recreational trails on Narrogin’s doorstep for the local community, visitors, and tourists to enjoy.

Eight existing walk trails located in the Shire’s Foxes Lair, Railway Dam and Archibald Park reserves, the Griffo mountain bike trail and the Noongar Dreaming Path in Gnarojin Park are all set for a makeover.

The project with an estimated total cost of $200,000 will be jointly funded with Lotterywest contributing over $95,000 and Council the balance of project costs.

The upgrade, which implements the Shire’s 2019 Walk Trails Master Plan, will include the installation of six trail head panels and 36 interpretative coloured panels offering information to trail users on Narrogin’s flora and fauna and Noongar culture.

Culturally significant sites registered on the Aboriginal Sites and Place Register with the Department of Planning, Land & Heritage and located on the Noongar Dreaming Path will for the first time in Narrogin's history be identified and profiled through interpretative signage. The commemoration of this valuable cultural heritage for Narrogin’s Noongar people will contribute to the retention and strengthening of connection to country, identity, and culture.

Several walk trails will become dual use and universally accessible. New fencing, vehicle control infrastructure and regulatory signage will enhance the navigability and safety of the trails and protect the environment.

President Leigh Ballard said "Narrogin is within easy reach of Perth and well positioned to take advantage of the growing popularity of bushwalking and other outdoor recreational activities", and points out that this project will see the implementation of the Shire’s 2019 Walk Trails Master Plan.

The Shire will work with the Wheatbelt Cycling Collective, which has attracted some $30,000 in State funding, to upgrade and extend the Griffo Circuit Mountain bike track. Works on the circuit will include the installation of trail directional markers, regulatory signage, a trail head, promotional signage plus a new skills challenge and berms.

The Hon. Shelley Payne MLC, Member for the Agricultural region has congratulated the Shire on receiving the Lotterywest grant and particularly on its initiative to retain and strengthen the Noongar people’s cultural heritage through the development of its trail network. She will visit Narrogin and Gnarojin Park on 22 October 2021 to present the Lotterywest grant certificate to the Shire.

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