- Australian Sikh Heritage Trail pays tribute to Western Australia's unique heritage
A trail that recognises the remarkable contributions of Sikhs to Western Australia was officially opened today by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Acting Local Government and Heritage Minister and Cannington MLA Bill Johnston.
The Australian Sikh Heritage Trail at Adenia Park in Riverton was recently completed and includes upgrades to the 250 metre-long trail and footpath, in addition to new interpretation facilities with signage, seating and features depicting heritage values.
The trail will provide visitors with information about the history of the Australian Sikh community, as well as information about Whadjuk Noongar culture and the Swan Canning Riverpark.
The project has been a collaboration between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA); the Australian Sikh Heritage Association and the City of Canning.
It forms part of DBCA's broader Swan Canning Riverpark Trails Project, connecting to other interpretation facilities in the Riverpark - known as River Journeys.
DBCA and the City of Canning worked collaboratively to ensure there was minimal inconvenience to the public and Adenia Park users during construction of the new facilities.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"It's an exciting day for everyone involved in this project, which recognises and celebrates the strong links between the WA Sikh community and Adenia Park.
"The park has long been associated with the religious ceremonies of the Sikh community, and was the first location where cremations legally took place in WA in 1929 after the Sikh community campaigned for cremation to be legalised."
Comments attributed to Tourism and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"The trail is a celebration of our multiculturalism throughout history.
"It will promote Western Australia's culturally diverse heritage to all visitors, from the local Canning community to interstate and international tourists - including visitors from India."
Comments attributed to Acting Local Government and Heritage Minister and Cannington MLA Bill Johnston:
"The heritage trail is a great initiative which offers an outstanding inclusive and cultural experience for all Western Australians to enjoy.
"Sikhs have made significant contributions to WA communities since the 1860s, historically working as cameleers, hawkers, entrepreneurs, wrestlers and were also Anzacs."
Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Tourism and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5600
Local Government and Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5400