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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Walkway opens new view of Wellington Dam mega-mural

Walkers can now experience Collie’s Wellington Dam and its spectacular mega-mural from new heights.

A new walkway across the 367 metre dam wall opened over the weekend, providing fresh angles of Guido van Helten’s iconic artwork ‘Reflections’. 

“This new walkway across Wellington Dam provides another reason to visit this spectacular part of our State and view the mega-mural from a different perspective,” said WA Premier, Mark McGowan.

“Through our significant investment, Collie is quickly becoming an adventure town and home to a world-class network of trails that will lure visitors to the area, boosting the local economy and creating local jobs.

“Standing on top of the dam and looking down on the mural gives you an appreciation of the monumental task to create this impressive artwork.”

The new path will initially open on weekends, public holidays and school holidays, and will be open daily by the end of the year.

The walkway allows hikers to complete the five day, four night 87 kilometre Wiilman Bilya Trail that starts and finishes in Collie, circling Wellington Dam.

It forms part of the Reflections Trail, which when finished will include new boardwalks and lookout points for wheelchairs and prams, providing access to experience the sweeping views from the top of the dam down the Collie River Valley.

WA Premier, Mark McGowan with students and staff ahead of the official opening of the walkway.

Automated gates will be installed and a Water Corporation road bridge is being built below the dam to allow pedestrian and vehicle access across the river.

The walkway is part of the $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative to establish the town as a premier trail and adventure destination and create new local jobs.

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