Whadjuk Trail

The Whadjuk Trails Network traverses through Allen Park, descends from Melon Hill and ends at the mosaic limestone entry point. Due to unclear delineation of the trail, users have no waypoint to direct them to the existing path fringing the North-Western edge of the bridge club and continue on towards Swanbourne Beach. The City is progressing with an upgrade of the pedestrian route, with works commencing in 2024.

The works will include construction of a new concrete Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) compliant footpath connecting the trail emerging from Melon Hill bushland to Swanbourne Reserve. A safe pedestrian route through the existing Bridge Club carpark will be provided with ground markings and modifications to the existing car bays. The new route will include revegetation in line with the Bushcare Management Plan to provide shade to the footpath.

This section of the Whadjuk Trail was named by Aboriginal elder Neville Collard ‘Norn Bidi’, meaning snake. These works will promote the Norn Bidi trail and preserve the connectivity of the bush to beach path. 

Please click the link below to view the schematic design and read the FAQs.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact the City’s Representative, Nikki Gravestock on (08) 9273 3500 or ngravestock@nedlands.wa.gov.au

Schematic Design

What is the Whadjuk Trail?

The Whadjuk network of walking trails lies on Noongar land, connecting remnant bushland areas in the western suburbs of Perth. 

For more information visit Home - Whadjuk Walking Trails(External link) 

What is a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP)?

The Disability Services Act 1993 requires all Local Governments to develop and implement a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) to ensure people with disability have equal access to facilities and services.  

The City of Nedlands Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2018/19 – 2023/24 is available to view here Disability-Access-and-Inclusion-Plan.pdf (nedlands.wa.gov.au)(External link). 

This document is available in alternative formats on request, including standard and large print, electronically via email and in digital audio format.   

Why will the new route be DAIP compliant?

The intent of the DAIP is for consideration to be given to the needs of people with disability when providing a service to the public. As such it is best practice for all new services, such as this new footpath, to be DAIP compliant where reasonable. 

Will the Children's Hospice project affect these works?

The proposed footpath runs outside the boundary of the hospice. Each project will be considered independently.

Will any trees need to be removed as part of these works?

The preferred route for the footpath requires three (3) existing Norfolk Pine trees in the centre of the carpark to be removed. Some vegetation will also be impacted by the batter to grade on either side of the path to the North-West. Revegetation in line with the Bushfire Management Plan will be undertaken following the construction of the footpath and this will include revegetation of the batter. The City will also install 6 new trees in the surrounding area to replace those removed.

What happens after the community consultation period has closed?

All community consultation will be collated and consultation will take place with internal stakeholders. The Community Engagement Report will then be presented to Council for endorsement. 

The feedback received during this consultation period will be used to inform the schematic and detailed design. Construction is expected to begin in early 2024.