Little Armstrong Bay has been a hive of activity this week with members of The Winnit Club and Island Rangers busy laying the foundations of the next stage of the Wadjemup Bidi.
The Wadjemup Bidi is 45 kilometres of trails made up of 5 sections that create a whole of Island walk track. Along the walk, there are culturally and environmentally significant landmarks to interpret and experience.
The Little Armstrong Bay site saw works being carried out that included clearing of the site and marking where the trail, footings, pillars and stairs will be located.
The pathway and stairs will link access from the walk trail to the popular snorkelling location and Sanctuary Zone located within this bay. They will also conserve the sensitive dune system by providing one main access point to the beach for visitors. Revegetation of the site will also occur upon completion of the construction phase.
Materials chosen for the path and stairs are recycled composite fibre (a mixture of recycled plastic and fibre glass) and stainless steel. Using such material provides a longer lifespan and wearability.
The completed work will appear similar to what can be seen at Little Parakeet Bay and Salmon Bay. The stairs and revegetation will allow the area to stabilise, increasing the value of the flora in the area, and prevent any further habitat loss for local fauna.
The Winnit Club have provided volunteer support for many Rottnest projects over the years and are currently dedicated to providing volunteer labour for the implementation of the Wadjemup Bidi project in the form of construction of the Trail itself and associated works such as fencing, building beach access stairs, installing facilities and Island signage (interpretive & directional).