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Trail to show off rich heritage of Boyanup

The preservation of Boyanup’s heritage will take another step in the right direction today with the opening of a new heritage walk trail.

Set to be opened by Capel shire president Murray Scott, the 1.1km trail will start at Lions Park and take in 15 of the town’s historic sites and buildings along Bridge Street and South Western Highway and finish at the town’s former CWA building.

“This trail was initially developed in 1994 as part of the bicentennial celebrations with the idea being to contemporise it to a modern day look,” Cr Jennifer Scott said.

Each site has been adorned with new, custom made information plaques which provide locals and tourists alike with the history and significance of that site to the town.

Capel Shire Cr Jennifer Scott, community service manager Jeremy O'Neill and community member Mal Kitchen look upon one of the new information signs along the trail.Capel Shire Cr Jennifer Scott, community service manager Jeremy O'Neill and community member Mal Kitchen look upon one of the new information signs along the trail.
Camera IconCapel Shire Cr Jennifer Scott, community service manager Jeremy O’Neill and community member Mal Kitchen look upon one of the new information signs along the trail.Picture: Callum Hunter / South Western Times

Cr Jennifer Scott was joined on the project by fellow councillor Peter McLeery and shire community service manager Jeremy O’Neill among other shire staff, as well as several community members, to form the Shire of Capel Trails Management Group.

“It’s important for the people of the town as well as the shire as a whole,” Cr Scott said.

According to Boyanup local Mal Kitchen, the trail has been designed to not only inform visitors about the included sites, but also complement the rest of the town.

“It will get people involved and go hand in hand with the South West Rail and Heritage Centre,” he said.

“If people come to see this, it will get them walking around, seeing the rest of the town too.”

Today’s opening was set to kick off from 10.30am and include a speech from Cr Scott who was to then cut the ribbon before a morning tea is hosted inside the Hugh Kilpatrick Hall.

A brochure outlining the trail will be available from most shopfronts along the main street with an electronic copy available online.

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