Opening of Joseph and Dulcie Nannup Trail Celebrated By Mandurah Residents
If you needed yet another excuse to explore nature around our Mandurah village, now you have it: the Joseph and Dulcie Nannup trail along the Serpentine River officially named, and the new boardwalk has opened. On February 8, the St Ives walking group journeyed along the trail to join with Mayor Rhys Williams and members of the Nannup family and community to celebrate.
The memory event included a smoking ceremony and Aboriginal dancers, as well as some interesting tales of growing up with the Nannup family, and along the river itself. The Joseph and Dulcie Nannup trail is named in honour of the memory of Joseph and Dulcie Nannup and runs for 4km along the river.
Uncle Harry Nannup, son of Joseph and Dulcie, spoke of how their family was raised to be reliant on the waterways for fish and to this day, the family still fish there. We were then treated to three traditional dances from local dance groups Manjar Maamun Nyumbi and Binjareb Middairs.
Our residents were very happy to be there and enjoyed the slow stroll back to the village as they read each of the new signs installed along the Joseph and Dulcie Nannup trail. The signs share insight into the cultural history of the Serpentine River.
Late last year, a new 150m boardwalk was built between the St Ives Lagoon and the river. The walking group can’t walk to explore the area on their next trip. We imagine the Bird Watching group will also enjoy the new trail as they hunt for a sneak peek of one of the many varieties of bird that call the area home. In fact, as we walked to the start of the Joseph and Dulcie Nannup trail we caught a glimpse of a red cap!
Why not time your village tour with the walking or the bird watching group (or both!) one day? Not only will you be able to see the vibrant village, but you will be able to immerse yourself in nature and have a chat with some of our residents. To book your free tour, all you need to do is contact us.
We would like to thank Mike Bream from our Mandurah village for the great photos.