Representatives from community groups Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Midland and Districts Historical Society, along with several local families from the area, gathered at the Giant Park playground for the launch event.
Hosted on the Nature Play WA app, the trail leads you on an exploration of 11 stops, with each stop focusing on a different aspect of Bushmead’s unique story. The area’s history, diverse ecosystem and Whadjuk Noongar culture is highlighted on the app through the use of rich imagery and audio stories recorded by the community.
Despite the gloomy-looking skies, we were blessed with beautiful pockets of sunshine that allowed for the kids to enjoy the activities and for families to get a head a start on exploring the trail.
There was a range of nature play activities for kids, including: rock-painting, mud kitchens as well as creating trail mementos using sticks, leaves and some twine.
The kids also had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the echidna, cockatoo, possum and python that Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre brought along!
And of course, the day wasn’t complete without a sausage sizzle, organized by Helena Valley Primary School P & C.
Local groups and residents are highly encouraged to download the Nature Play WA app and explore the Bushmead Nature Trail to learn more about what the area has to offer.
Nature Play WA would like to extend a huge thank you to Creating Communities and Cedar Woods for their support. We’d also like to thank Neville Collard, Noongar Elder, Tess Healy from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Matthew Pavlinovich from Midland and Districts Historical Society and Catherine Levett from the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, and Hazelmere Progress Association (Inc) for contributing to the app.