New Matilda Bay Interpretation node

The newly completed interpretation node installed on the Matilda Bay Reserve is a collaborative project between DBCA’s Parks and Wildlife Service and the WA Parks Foundation, made possible by support from Woodside.  It promotes the historical values and connection Traditional Owners have with the Matilda Bay area and the Swan River.

It is the eighth node to be developed as part of this project which aims to develop a network of interpretation nodes along the foreshore paths located at key sites of environmental, historical, and cultural significance.

Whadjuk Elder Theresa Walley and WA Parks Foundation Chair, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, CVO at the official opening of the Matilda Bay Interpretation Node | DBCA

This newest node focuses on the Whadjuk Noongar history and cultural values of the river and foreshores, the ecological and environmental significance and post-European settlement history. It is situated on a registered Aboriginal heritage site in the Matilda Bay Reserve and Pelican Point area known as Katamburdup, a place of high importance.

The multi-use node comprises timber boardwalks, seating areas and a decorative path with artwork completed by local Whadjuk artist Justin Martin.  Whadjuk Elder Trevor Walley provided historical knowledge to bring to life the rich history of the Whadjuk people.

The works were completed by CareyMC Pty Ltd, a majority Aboriginal-owned business specialising in civil construction and training for Aboriginal people.

WA Parks Foundation Chair, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, CVO said the Matilda Bay node would provide the community and visitors from further afield with the opportunity to pause, relax and contemplate the history and natural features of this area within the wonderful river environment on our urban doorstep.

“Woodside’s valued involvement in the River Journeys interpretive project reflects the organisation’s commitment to social contribution and investment that aligns with community priorities and to supporting reconciliation activities that foster collaboration. “

The newly completed Matilda Bay Interpretation Node | DBCA

Mark Webb, Director General of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions said: “We are very lucky in WA to have such interesting cultural, environmental and heritage values and I am very pleased to see these celebrated and promoted through this new interpretation node.

“It provides locals and visitors alike the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich and diverse wildlife and plant species found throughout the Swan Canning Riverpark. Importantly, the node has a strong focus on the Riverpark’s cultural values and its significance to the Whadjuk people.

“This is an exciting milestone in the River Journeys collaborative project, and on behalf of the department I extend my thanks to Woodside and the WA Parks Foundation for helping to make this node possible.”

Opening of the Matilda Bay Interpretation Node | DBCA