31 July 2018
The Foundation understands that emergency services received a call just after 1.30pm about an incident in Paulls Valley on Saturday afternoon, near the start of the Bibbulmun Track.
The incident left two people in hospital after one was allegedly run down by a car before both were allegedly set upon by the driver wielding a shovel. Both have now been discharged. Police say they did not know the driver and had not been involved in any prior incidents. We understand the Mitsubishi Triton had stolen number plates and the accused man is due to appear in the Midland Magistrates Court today.
The walkers were Finnish nationals visiting and working in Australia and the Honorary Consul General of Finland in Perth, Ross Norgard, said the Finnish Embassy was offering assistance to the victims. The Foundation has also reached out to the walkers offering our support.
Whilst we don’t know the exact details, we assume the incident occurred where the Track crossed over one of the roads in the area. We have spoken directly with police, the Constable in charge of the case said this was a totally random act and there is no cause for any walkers out on the Track or other trails in the Perth Hills to be concerned.