14 September 2023
On 13 September 2023, we celebrated 25 years since the official opening of the 'new' Bibbulmun Track in Albany.
Over 140 people attended the final event to recognise and thank the many organisations and individuals who contributed to the development of the Track and those who continue to support and maintain it.
The highlight of the event was welcoming the walkers who had set off from Kalamunda on 14 July. The last-minute downpour couldn't dampen their spirits as they walked up York Street accompanied by the Albany Pipe Band and around fifty other walkers who joined them for the last leg.
The end-to-enders took a moment to celebrate their achievement with family and friends at the Southern Terminus before the official celebrations began at the Town Hall.
Steve Sertis, who led the 1000 kilometre walk was elated “It has just been fabulous the whole way, and to finally reach Albany is amazing. The parade was amazing, the bagpipes, the people on the sides of the streets clapping as we paraded up York St."
Annie Smith, said “I just want to do a U-turn and go back!” Annie was one of nine who completed the journey. Along the way they were joined by another 70 people who walked a section, and community members and schools on the approach into each town.
During the event, Jesse Brampton, Peter Bidwell, Jim Freeman and Wes Fokkema were awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their significant contribution to the Bibbulmun Track and to the Foundation. We will profile these people in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Jamie Thanoo, reporter with ABC Great Southern, captured interviews with Jim Freeman and walk leader Steve Sertis. The article can be viewed here.
Sincere thanks to the City of Albany for hosting this event and to everyone who joined us!
We also want to thank everyone who has supported us, with special recognition for our dedicated BTF volunteers, and Lotterywest and DLGSC for supporting all the community events, local walks and other activities surrounding the celebrations.