The Shire of Kojonup has received a slice of the State Government’s $1.1 million Community Heritage Grants to redevelop its Historical Town Walk.
The Shire received $20,000 to develop new signage along the walk which guides visitors through 52 of Kojonup’s historic buildings and sites.
The Historical Town Walk was originally established in 1999 by the Kojonup Historical Society and the Shire.
Shire of Kojonup Sport and Recreation Officer Emily Sleight said the trail was in need of a revamp to keep attracting visitors to the area.
“The walk is promoted to visitors and locals, with special interest from visitors who have an extended family history in Kojonup,” she said.
“The existing signs were manufactured many years ago and have deteriorated over time.
“The replacement of signs, and installation of QR codes for access to more information, will ensure that the Town Walk can be utilised to its full potential again.”
Research conducted on the original signs by the Historical Society will be used to inform the new signs, as well as input from the Kojonup Aboriginal Corporation.
“It is important to ensure the works completed by the project team in 1999 are again available for the community and visitors to enjoy,” Ms Sleight said.
“Existing research completed by the Historical Society and those involved at the initial planning stages in 1999 will ensure information used in the Town Walk is as accurate as possible.”
Since the Heritage Grants Program was established in 1997, 784 projects have received funding to help keep the history of West Australian towns alive.
Heritage Minister David Templeman said the grants help to support local communities who are working hard to share their history in a contemporary and meaningful way.
“I am so pleased to reinstate the heritage grants funding this year which attracted much interest and a compelling collection of projects that celebrate our past and protect the State’s most valuable historic places,” he said.
Local businesses will be contracted to construct the frames and poles for the signs along the Walk Trial.
Work on the design of the signs, web development and information gathering will commence in July, with the project due to be completed in March 2022.