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Development of Munda Biddi Spur Trail in Shire of Harvey get boost with additional Alcoa funding for plans

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey Shire engineering technical officer David Campbell, deputy president Michelle Campbell, Willowdale mine manager Craig Milward, Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman, Shire sustainable development director Simon Hall, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, her dog Bella and Willowdale community relations officer Scott Hansen.
Camera IconHarvey Shire engineering technical officer David Campbell, deputy president Michelle Campbell, Willowdale mine manager Craig Milward, Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman, Shire sustainable development director Simon Hall, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, her dog Bella and Willowdale community relations officer Scott Hansen. Credit: Shire of Harvey/Supplied

A $25,000 grant from a major South West employer will help the Shire of Harvey with plans for a new trail.

The council received a $25,000 grant from the State Government under its WA Trail Planning Grants Program in July to help with a proposal for a Munda Biddi Harvey Spur Trail, which has been identified as a key part of its Harvey Region Trails and Adventure Master Plan.

Alcoa has now matched the State Government’s funding, providing $25,000 towards the project, with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions providing additional in-kind support. All parties are working with the Munda Biddi Foundation on the project.

Willowdale bauxite mine manager Craig Milward said the company was excited to see the trail project progress.

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“We look forward to ongoing consultation and involvement with the Shire and other key stakeholders as the strategy continues to roll out,” he said.

Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said she was pleased the project had received State Government funding.

“The Harvey Region Trails and Adventure Master Plan offers an incredible opportunity for residents and visitors alike to connect with the natural beauty of the area, and I’m excited that this funding will help the Shire take its next step in the development of the region’s trails,” she said,

“By visiting Harvey trails, you are also supporting local business and contributing to the development and prosperity of the local community.”

Harvey Shire president Paul Gillett thanked both Alcoa and the State Government for their contributions.

“The Harvey Region Trails and Adventure Master Plan has identified key priority trails that will capitalise on the momentum of nature and adventure-based tourism and will be a good addition to the suite of unique trails experiences in the South West,” he said.

The plan was developed by a working group including a number of State Government departments, Ms Clarke, Alcoa and the Harvey Aboriginal Corporation, with funding for the plan received from the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development.

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