Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
New Visitor Facilities At Lesmurdie Falls
Victor P Taffa
Visitors to Lesmurdie Falls will be able to enjoy spectacular views across the Swan Coastal Plain from new vantage points with the opening of $850,000 facilities at the popular recreation site.
Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher today officially opened the facilities that have involved partially demolishing the former bridge over Lesmurdie Brook and converting it into a viewing platform.
A second cantilevered viewing platform further down slope has been installed to provide panoramic views of the coastal plain, city and falls.
Mrs. Faragher said the works also included a major upgrade of the car park; improved pedestrian access; picnic and toilet facilities, including wheelchair access; and a new interpretation shelter to help orientate visitors on the numerous park walks.
The Minister said Lesmurdie Falls was one of the few readily-accessible waterfalls in the outer metropolitan area and attracted an estimated 54,000 visitors each year.
It was particularly popular during winter and spring when the falls were at their best and the wildflowers were in full bloom.
“Perth has a range of natural attractions, such as the Lesmurdie Falls, that provide wonderful opportunities for children and families to connect with nature and to appreciate and enjoy our parks.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“This is why the Liberal-National Government is keen to promote our parks and their visitor facilities.”
Kalamunda MLA John Day attended the opening and welcomed the new facilities.
“Lesmurdie Falls is a very significant site for local residents and visitors, and these improvements will certainly be appreciated.” Mr. Day said.
“People have even greater opportunity to view the amazing scenery this area offers and their visit will also be enhanced by the upgraded facilities and new interpretation shelter.”
Community volunteer groups will join with the Department of Environment and Conservation this winter to undertake extensive planting of local native species to rehabilitate areas around the falls.