UPDRADING a heritage trail between Yanchep and Joondalup with a new limestone surface by the end of the year will make it easier for walkers and cyclists, according to Environment Minister Albert Jacob.
Mr Jacob said work was underway to resurface the 25km unsealed part of the Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail with limestone.
“The walk trail was established to highlight the area’s natural, Aboriginal and historical significance, but sections of it have become quite degraded and sandy,” he said.
“It’s important that people can access our parks and reserves in a safe way to appreciate the natural environment.
“By resurfacing the trail and realigning some parts, the path can be used more easily by both walkers and bicycle riders.”
The 28km Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail begins in Neil Hawkins Park on the shores of Lake Joondalup and runs through Yellagonga Regional Park, Neerabup National Park and on to Yanchep National Park.
He said the trail name translated as the land (Budjara) of the people north of Perth (Yaberoo).
“The Aboriginal leader of the Noongar Mooro people, who occupied land north of the Swan River at the time of European settlement, was Yellagonga and the heritage trail traces the movement of the people he led.
“This path linked the lakes of the northern coastal plain and was later used by Europeans as a stock route.
“The heritage trail showcases the area’s natural environment such as the wetlands, birdlife, vegetation and scenic views, plus Aboriginal cultural sites and historical sites such as old limestone quarries.”
The Department of Parks and Wildlife will do the resurfacing, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The trail will connect with a pedestrian underpass to be constructed as part of the Neerabup Rd extension and Hester Ave realignment.
Parks and Wildlife is working with local government on options for signage upgrades, including new trail head signs.