New Dardanup Heritage Trail shares captivating history

Published on Thursday, 8 December 2022 at 11:56:06 AM

(From left) Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns, Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett, Dardanup resident Gwen Wells, Environment Minister Reece Whitby and Wespine’s Julie Pelliciari who also provided funding support.

The power of dedicated and passionate community members to drive positive outcomes for their towns was on full display in Dardanup recently with the momentous opening of the new Dardanup Heritage Trail.

At a ceremony on 20 November, Environment Minister Reece Whitby officially opened the trail on behalf of Heritage Minister David Templeman and with support from Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns following her 2021 election commitment towards funding of the project.

The Dardanup Heritage Trail covers 12 historic locations across the townsite telling the fascinating stories of first inhabitants. Further signage extends to the nearby areas of Waterloo, Ferguson and Wellington Mills.

Each sign displays a QR code linking to more details on the Dardanup Heritage Collective website.

Landmarks included on the trail include The Old State School, Dardanup Post Office and Thomas Little Memorial Hall.

Also on the day was a celebration of an ongoing project completed earlier this year to update and refresh the Dardanup War Memorial. You can read more about this project via this previous post to our website.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said both projects represented incredible collaborative efforts between passionate community members, State Government, the Shire of Dardanup and private enterprise.

“It is heartening indeed to see a vision developed, driven and owned by local communities reaching the stage of fruition that was celebrated on the day,” Cr Bennett said.

“Of particular note with regard to the heritage trail, is the hours and hours of work contributed by Janice Calcei from the Dardanup Heritage Collective.

“Both projects will have long lasting positive benefits for Dardanup’s sense of community and vitality.”

In opening the trail, Mr Whitby said: "Dardanup is the gateway to the Ferguson Valley, and I encourage all visitors to soak up the history of this stunning area."

Ms Hanns said: "I'm proud to support this worthwhile project which showcases the rich history of Dardanup and surrounding towns.”

"It's great to see the Dardanup Heritage Trail come together for both locals and tourists to enjoy, and I'd like to acknowledge the Dardanup Heritage Collective as well as the Shire of Dardanup for all their work to make it happen."

For more information about the Dardanup Heritage Trail, visit

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