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Sustainability Resources

Alkimos Beach Interpretative Signage Trails

Have you visited the interpretive signage trails around Alkimos Beach yet? The exciting walkable and ridable trails were completed by Alkimos Beach project partners Lendlease and LandCorp in 2018 to showcase the rich Noongar and recent history of Alkimos Beach, its surrounding area and people and provide residents and visitors alike with further information on the many sustainability initiatives you can experience and benefit from in this 6 Star Green Star Community.

Download the Alkimos Beach Interpret Signage Trail map of the first stage here and a quiz and enjoy the experience!

Or feel free to pick up a hard copy from our Sales and Information Centre at the corner of Graceful Boulevard and Painted Parkway or the Alkimos Pop Up library, which is located on Turnstone Street, Alkimos.

Alkimos Beach Interpretative Signage

Alkimos Beach Audio Stories

Make sure you visit the large sign located in Graceful Park near the picnic shelter as it not only contains readable content but eight audio stories to listen to. These stories present some of the different cultural and environmental layers of Alkimos Beach.

If you are interested in knowing more about each topic, we have included additional information below. You can also listen to the stories in the comfort of your own home by clicking the links below. 

1. Welcome to Country: A welcome to Whadjuk Noongar land: 

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A welcome to country performed by Biboolmirn Noongar, Joe ‘jopossum’ Collard. A Welcome to Country is the traditional way Aboriginal groups welcomed visitors to their land. 
You can find more information on the use of Welcome to Countries by Aboriginal Groups by visiting the South West Land and Sea Council Noongar Culture website. 


2. The Languages of Home: Sailing ships or giant seabirds?


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Despite being a new suburb, Alkimos Beach has a diverse population group and an interesting history. 

You can learn more about Alkimos from the City of Wanneroo community profile.

The South West Land and Sea Council is also fantastic resource for Noongar cultural information.


3. Looking after Country: A story of creation and sacred responsibility


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Connection to land and country is extremely important to Whadjuk Noongar people. 

The South West Land and Sea Council explores this in broader detail on their website, Noongar Culture. 


4. Lovers: An eternal flirtation across the land and the ocean

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Lovers is an old Noongar story about the morning Easterly winds and the afternoon Sou’wester.


5. Shipwrecked: Awash with mystery: the strange tale of SS Alkimos

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Michael (Mack) McCarthy is part of the Western Australian Museum’s renowned maritime archaeology team. Here you can browse the Museum’s Shipwreck Database.

The City of Wanneroo has completed research on all shipwrecks in the City too. Signage has also been installed to mark the location of each wreck.

The SS Alkimos can be found at Waterfront Park, Shorehaven Boulevard. 


6. A Place of Plenty: Food in abundance, naturally

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You can find out more information on the food eaten by the Whadjuk Noongars around Alkimos on the South West Land and Sea Council website. 


7. On the Wing: Listening to the birds of Alkimos

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Ron Johnstone of the Western Australian Museum has spent a lifetime studying birds. Visit the Museum website, which invites you to click through to the Atlas of Living Australia. There you can explore the Museum’s extensive bird collection.



8. Bush Tracks to Boulevards:  Waves of arrival: old-timers and newcomers

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More information on the local history of Alkimos Beach and the broader Alkimos region can be found through the City of Wanneroo library and the City of Wanneroo museums. The libraries and the regional museums have excellent information and a rich collection to share with the community. 


Acknowledgements:
Narration: Kelton Pell and Irma Woods
Script and production: Robyn Johnston
Sound Engineer: Lee Buddle, Crank Studios
Welcome to Country: Joe ‘Possum’ Collard
Aboriginal stories and advice on Noongar words: Danny Ford and Marilyn Morgan, Kambarang Services
Bird sound effects: David Stewart, Naturesound
Bird expert: Ron Johnstone, WA Museum
Alkimos Shipwreck expert: Mark McCarthy, WA Museum
Mick Romeo 

The Aboriginal stories and Noongar words have been used in consultation with Whadjuk Noongar Traditional Owners