Lesmurdie Falls continues to delight visitors but, in recent years, nearby areas have become severely degraded due to weed infestation. Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls was formed in 2012 to help rehabilitate the area above the falls with support from State natural resource management (NRM) and Perth Region NRM organisations. In 2015 the Friends teamed up with local ratepayers group, Lesmurdie and Districts Community Association to construct a 1.5km walk trail, three wooden bridges and two stone crossings over the Lesmurdie Brook, five rest areas complete with artisan designed wooden seats, two additional car parks and a myriad of smaller tasks to improve the visitor experience.
Control of the most troublesome weeds in the eastern 600m of (largely) stream frontage is now nearing completion and they will commence working on the remaining area downstream to the falls this year – a year that will also see extensive signage installed. This will include trail information, as well as Aboriginal and European history of the area. Over the past four years they have undertaken extensive structural repairs to the creek line with bank modification, the installation of two flow dams for erosion control and the installation of many small riffles. They have also recently commenced a large seed harvesting and replanting program.
Rotary Club of Kalamunda, the Shire of Kalamunda, Lotterywest and Bendigo Bank have also provided generous contributions to infrastructure developments. Conservation Volunteers Australia has also made a major contribution over the last two years.
Anyone wanting to become involved will be warmly welcomed and you can contact the group directly on firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook @friendsofupperlesmurdiefalls or by visiting their website at https://friendsofupperlesmurdiefalls.org