At 10am on Friday, 3 March 2017 in Kings Park, Her Excellency The Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia received the first marker to be installed in the prospective new Commonwealth Walkways to be established in Perth and Fremantle. Presenting the marker was international walks guru, television presenter and a Patron of the United Kingdom’s Outdoor Trust, Julia Bradbury. The walkways will engage visitors with limited time in the city to enjoy a walking and learning experience which focuses attention on our heritage and historical links, including Aboriginal heritage.
The Hon Barry House MLA, Chair of the WA Commonwealth Walkways Steering Committee with Julia Bradbury, Outdoor Trust Patron and TV personality, with Her Excellency The Hon Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia.
The bronze marker, which features the personal cypher of Her Majesty The Queen, will be used at each Aboriginal, heritage, historical or significant site chosen by the local WA committee.
‘Planning for Western Australia’s Commonwealth Walkways is well underway,’ said Hon. Barry House MLC, Chair of the Western Australian committee overseeing the project. ‘When the final route is endorsed by local authorities and The Palace it may include locations within the City of Perth, with some encompassing local Aboriginal stories and language; make linkages across the river to South Perth, and guide, through the use of technology and maps, visitors and walkers to the entrance of Kings Park, where they can enjoy the many existing walking opportunities throughout Perth’s premier park, which includes the Western Australian Botanic Garden. It will also be possible to connect, for longer or subsequent walks, with those trails already established in the cities of Perth and Fremantle.’
The marker has been delivered just ten days before the launch of The Queen's Baton Relay on Commonwealth Day on 13 March. The Baton will visit all 71 Commonwealth Nations and Territories - all of which hope to have a Commonwealth Walkway - before coming to Australia (including WA) before the next Commonwealth Games, hosted by The Gold Coast in Queensland from 4-15 April 2018.
The Commonwealth Games Australia WA Division (CGAWA) is proud to be working with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) in the planning and delivery of the QBR in WA. CGAWA sits on the WA State Working Group for QBR, which has been regularly meeting for the past year to identify key engagement opportunities across WA when the Queen’s Baton visits in 2018.
Following the walkway event at 10am on Friday, 3 March 2017 in Kings Park, on Sunday 5 March, the Australian Celebration Communities will be announced and the Community Batonbearer Nomination Program opens.
The National Trust of Western Australia is working with the Outdoor Trust to coordinate the project in WA and has set up an Appeal which has already received funding from local philanthropy of over $50,000.
For further information the contact is:Mr David Forster, Hon. Secretary, Commonwealth Walkways Western Australia Steering Committee, Trailswest2020@gmail.com, 0403 460 332.