Swamp trail offers chance to discover a unique wonder

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
VideoMayor Gary Brennan and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School student Tom Offer officially opened the Big Swamp Discovery Trail on Tuesday.

Interpretive signage has been installed around the edge of Big Swamp to create the Big Swamp Discovery Trail.

The trail was officially opened on Tuesday by Mayor Gary Brennan and project mastermind, Year 7 student Tom Offer from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School.

The school was awarded a $5000 Habitat Bunbury grant in 2017 to help get the project started after Tom came up with the idea and shared it with his peers at school.

“There are a few other sites around Bunbury that have similar kinds of trails so we looked to them for inspiration but I’m not really sure where the idea came from,” Tom said.

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“I was at a meeting with the Friends of Big Swamp and heard about something called habitat Bunbury which offers grants for organisations such as schools to do environmental projects.

“It was very much a team effort, we had 12 kids help us as well as all the Friends of Big Swamp and some other key individuals and I don’t think this could’ve been done without them.”

Big Swamp covers 31 hectares and lies in the south of Bunbury, less than 2km from the CBD.

Mr Brennan said the signage added to the wonder of Big Swamp and its status as one of Bunbury’s icons.

“The signage gives a bit more history and more of a story about the swamp which will really enhance people’s experiences,” he said.

“It’s a very peaceful, calming, and enjoyable walk and it’s fabulous to have school students coming up with great ideas to enhance our great city.”

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