Mayor calls for more amenity in National parks
The City of Kalamunda is calling for improvements to local National parks, following a series of complaints from residents and visitors. Gooseberry Hill National Park in the northern area of the City of Kalamunda, has no amenities provided, no marked walking trails, a lack of signage, limited car parking and no toilet facilities.
The area is also a registered Aboriginal heritage site; however, no community education information is available, when compared to other similar and surrounding parks.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said, “The Park is one of only three Experience Perth sites listed in the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s National, marine, and regional parks in Western Australia brochure not to feature any amenities such as restrooms, picnic areas or waste bins despite its high-profile location.”
“As well as being home to the iconic Zig Zag Scenic Drive, the park is well used by hikers, cyclists, photographers, and bird enthusiasts. The Park provides natural habitat to over 1600 species of fauna, and over 2000 species of flora according to the Atlas of Living Australia.”
The City previously established a working group with the Local Member Matthew Hughes, representatives from DBCA and community members. The group proactively proposed a viewing platform, and clear trails to enhance and protect the environment with initial understanding that the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions would develop a concept plan for consideration– however the Department has since advised no funding is available.
“The project was well supported by the local member who has been a fantastic help in advocating for improvements.”
“We wish to work with the State Government to ensure national parks in the City receive a similar level of investment to that of other regions. All around our amazing coast we have seen Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions undertake upgrades – Imagine a Sky Walk, a viewing platform, accessible paths and an interpretive trail in Gooseberry Hill! Mundy Regional Park would also benefit from upgrades. With day trippers flocking to the region for the natural attractions now is the time!” Said Mayor Thomas.
An opportunity exists to improve the amenity of the Gooseberry Hill National Park as a unique tourism and conservation attraction. There are spectacular views over the City and the site presents a key tourism opportunity.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.