The Rottnest Foundation works in partnership with the Rottnest Island Authority in the delivery of major projects that ‘Conserve the essence of Rottnest’.
The Wadjemup Bidi project consists of a 45 km network of trails that will facilitate public access and connection to the Island’s rich natural features, abundant wildlife & unique cultural heritage whilst also providing a strategy to minimise the pressures of tourism on the natural environment.
To date the Rottnest Foundation has contributed $1,149,312.91 towards the implementation of this project.
Interpretation will foster appreciation of the cultural significance, multiple histories and environmental dynamics of Rottnest and encourage visitors to better understand, protect and respect the Island.
Community and volunteer groups will play a fundamental role in the implementation of the trail.
This amazing recreational experience is set to be completed by the year 2018 (subject to acquiring the necessary funding to implement the project).
Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Conservation Project
Rottnest Island was used as an Aboriginal prison between 1838 and 1903, closing its doors in 1904.
It is recorded that over 370 Aboriginal men and boys imprisoned during this period, died on Rottnest Island and are buried at the site known as the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground. This is the largest known deaths in custody gravesite in Australia and is extremely sacred for Aboriginal people as it contains the remains of Aboriginal Elders, Law Men and Warriors from almost every Aboriginal Language Group in Western Australia.
The conservation & acknowledgement of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground is an important step in aiding in the healing process for Western Australian Aboriginal people and delivering a significant commitment of reconciliation from the State.
To date the Rottnest Foundation has raised $520,440 to contribute to the conservation of this site, however further funding is still required and we are appealing to the community to get behind this significant reconciliation project for WA.
“Through interpretation – understanding, through understanding – appreciation, through appreciation – protection.”