• Leschenault Historic Walk Trail to link Eaton and Australind communities and celebrate local history
  • Community and visitors need better access to beautiful natural wonders

Eaton and Australind will be connected with an historic walk trail along Leschenault Inlet under a McGowan Labor Government to link the growing communities and display the region’s rich local heritage.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the new $500,000 Leschenault Historic Walk Trail would detail the region’s rich Aboriginal history and more recent colonial past.

The trail will provide a pedestrian link between the communities and offer residents more options for active recreation and exercise, while allowing better access to Leschenault Inlet’s natural wonders.

Mr Murray said stories of traditional Noongar elders would be presented alongside more recent history – including convict-turned literary icon John Boyle O’Reilly’s fascinating escape from the Bunbury colonies to the United States.

The trail will share local history with visitors using interpretive signs, with Leschault Inlet’s dolphins, bird life and marine nursery offering the perfect backdrop.

Comments from Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:

“Australind and Eaton have a fascinating shared history. We will bring our two growing communities together with an historic walk trail.

“For locals it will mean a new way to enjoy the beautiful Leschenault Inlet and for many it will be a great place to exercise.

“We will celebrate local Noongar history alongside more recent colonial tales to create an interactive experience of Eaton and Australind’s shared heritage.

“You often see dolphins and there is a variety of birdlife around the inlet because the area contains a marine nursery. It is a beautiful spot and we’d like to make more of that experience for give the community and visitors.

“It will be a great place for an afternoon walk or a jog and will provide a great new pedestrian link between our communities.