Bridle trail will tell story of Light Horse heroes

Ashwini SaseedaranSouth Western Times
Bunnings Australind staff members Dave Morton, Tim O’Donoghue, Trish Edwards and Bec Vocisano handed over materials and equipment to the 10th Light Horse Brigade members Harry Ball, Daniel McDonal, Kay Fry and Brian Bevans.
Camera IconBunnings Australind staff members Dave Morton, Tim O’Donoghue, Trish Edwards and Bec Vocisano handed over materials and equipment to the 10th Light Horse Brigade members Harry Ball, Daniel McDonal, Kay Fry and Brian Bevans. Credit: supplied.

A proposed 56km Heritage Bridle Trail from Mandurah to Harvey telling the story of the 10th Light Horse Brigade is one step closer following donations from Bunnings Australind.

The community project headed by the Bunbury 10th Light Horse Troop was recently approved for a heritage listing after two years of dedicated work between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and qualified historians to map out the historic educational trail.

Bunbury Troop vice-president Harry Ball said the pine sleepers, concrete, paint, other materials and equipment provided by Bunnings Australind meant the trail could be built.

“We’re all retirees in this troop so we couldn’t get over the enthusiasm from Bunnings staff,” Mr Ball said.

“It’s been two years in the making and they’ve really ramped up the excitement again.

Bunnings Australind staff member Dave Morton handed over equipment and materials to Bunbury 10th Light Horse Troop representative Harry Ball.
Camera IconBunnings Australind staff member Dave Morton handed over equipment and materials to Bunbury 10th Light Horse Troop representative Harry Ball.

“This project is not just a trail for people to walk along, visitors will become informed and see the great story of the World War I Light Horse troopers through bush, forest and sand areas with directional findings and posts.

“Instead of going to the library to learn this important part of our history, people can get on their feet or push-bikes and learn about recruited troopers from the area.

“The beauty of it is the trail being around for another 100 years for people to enjoy.”

The Heritage Bridle Trail is expected to open to the public on October 1, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 10th Light Horse Brigade entering Damascus.

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