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New section of the Munda Biddi Trail opens closer to the coast

Isabel Vieira Albany Advertiser
Warren-Blackwood Mp Jane Kelsbie and Shawn Colbung cut the ribbon at the opening of the trail.
Camera IconWarren-Blackwood Mp Jane Kelsbie and Shawn Colbung cut the ribbon at the opening of the trail. Credit: Supplied/Warren-Blackwood MP Jane Kelsbie

Mountain bikers and hikers can explore the south coast along the newly realigned Munda Biddi Trail extending from Waterfall Beach to Elephant Rocks in Denmark.

The new section of the trail was official opened by Warren-Blackwood MP Jane Kelsbie and traditional owner Shawn Colbung who gave a welcome to country on December 20.

The 2.6km section previously ran along Madfish Bay Road and was realigned to divert traffic off the busy road while also moving the path closer to the coast.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions managed the construction through WA trail contractor Common Ground.

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Traditional owners worked with DBCA staff to map culturally significant sites within the coastal area and to help develop new interpretative signage.

Warren-Blackwood MP Jane Kelsbie said the upgrade provided an important link for the Munda Biddi Trail.

“It’s WA’s premier long-distance cycle and mountain biking trail, which spans its way across south-west WA from Mundaring, through Denmark and on to Albany,” she said.

“Thank you to the Menang traditional owners whose on-country knowledge also proved crucial to this realignment, ensuring no cultural sites were impacted.”

Munda Biddi Foundation CEO Oliver Laing, Outdoors Great Southern CEO Dr Lenore Lyons, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions regional leader parks and visitor services Tim Foley, Warren-Blackwood MP Jane Kelsbie, project manager Jarred Pedro, Albany District Parks and Visitors Services co-ordinator Peter Masters.
Camera IconMunda Biddi Foundation CEO Oliver Laing, Outdoors Great Southern CEO Dr Lenore Lyons, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions regional leader parks and visitor services Tim Foley, Warren-Blackwood MP Jane Kelsbie, project manager Jarred Pedro, Albany District Parks and Visitors Services co-ordinator Peter Masters. Credit: Supplied/Warren-Blackwood MP Jane Kelsbie

Ms Kelsbie said the trail would attract adventure seekers to the region.

“Our unique south coast region is a tourism hotspot and thanks to the Great Southern Adventure Trails project,” she said.

“More opportunities will arise for adventure seekers to visit the region and take in the breath-taking environment we have here, as well as providing another recreation area for locals to enjoy.”

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