WA Labor have announced a $500,000 election pledge to connect Eaton and Australind with an historic walk trail along the Leschenault Inlet.
Under a Labor state government, the historic walk trail would like the two suburbs while detailing the region’s rich Aboriginal history and more recent colonial past.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the trail will provide a pedestrian link between the growing communities and offer residents more options for active recreation and exercise, while allowing better access to Leschenault Inlet’s natural wonders.
“Australind and Eaton have a fascinating shared history. We will bring our two growing communities together with an historic walk trail.
“For locals it will mean a new way to enjoy the beautiful Leschenault Inlet and for many it will be a great place to exercise.
“You often see dolphins and there is a variety of birdlife around the inlet because the area contains a marine nursery. It is a beautiful spot and we’d like to make more of that experience for give the community and visitors.
Mr Murray said stories of traditional Noongar people would be presented alongside more recent history – including convict-turned literary icon John Boyle O’Reilly’s fascinating escape from the Bunbury colonies to the United States.
“We will celebrate local Noongar history alongside more recent colonial tales to create an interactive experience of Eaton and Australind’s shared heritage.
“It will be a great place for an afternoon walk or a jog and will provide a great new pedestrian link between our communities.
The trail will share local history with visitors using interpretive signs, with Leschenault Inlet’s dolphins, bird life and marine nursery offering the perfect backdrop.
John Boyle O’Reilly Association member Peter Murphy said the walk trail will provide a significant boost to heritage and cultural tourism which is a big employer in the South West.