City Wins Your Move Award for Shared Path Project
The City of Kalamunda won the WA Bicycle Network Category award at the Your Move Awards hosted by the Department of Transport last week.
The award was presented in recognition of the City’s community engagement on the High Wycombe Shared Path Project – a route that runs from Kiandra Way, High Wycombe passing directly through John Maclarty Park and connects with the new High Wycombe Station.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said the award was testament to the value of community collaboration.
“This award really belongs to the community”, she said.
“Following collaborative workshops and community engagement, visualising what it meant to the residents to live and move through their local places and spaces in High Wycombe, the Route came to life.”
“The strong, brightly coloured artwork by local Whadjuk Noongar Aboriginal artist, Aurora Abraham, interpreting the neighbourhood stories captured during community engagement, not only connect the project to the local community, but also improve community safety by creating a visual awareness of the intersection between road and shared path.”
The results of the project inspire an active and mentally healthy lifestyle, reaffirming the partnership the City has with Act, Belong, Commit and ongoing collaboration with local schools, the State Government, Town Teams Movement, organisations like WestCycle and local businesses like Kalamunda Cycles. The accessible nature of the Route provides opportunities for connectedness for all ages.
The project embraced the opportunity to collaborate with the local community, to visually document their stories and ascertain the essence of living in the suburb of High Wycombe. Workshops were conducted with 90 local primary school students to gain their insight, opinions, and artistic impressions. Their visual stories documented daily activities, what they saw at local parks, how they travelled and their positive community values. Local Whadjuk Noongar Aboriginal artist and storyteller, Aurora Abraham, worked with them providing insight into the cultural background and ancestry of the area.
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.