Penneshaw rallies behind Wallaby Track builder Graham Lloyd after vandalism

Wallaby Track creator George Lloyd at the sign at the start of the Wallaby track on the eastern end of Penneshaw. Photo Shane Sanigar
Wallaby Track creator George Lloyd at the sign at the start of the Wallaby track on the eastern end of Penneshaw. Photo Shane Sanigar

Penneshaw is rallying behind the creator of the Wallaby Track after ongoing and disheartening instances of vandalism.

Retired builder Graham Lloyd built and maintains the trail on his nephew's David "Duffy" Trewthewey's land on the eastern side of town.

In recent weeks there have been ongoing instances of vandalism to some of the structures, as well as the small plastic ducks, frogs and birds he places on the trail, many motion activated to croak or chirp.

"It's a shame because most people really enjoy the track, especially children," he said. "There's three wonderful waterfalls in the first kilometre when there's been enough rain."

Kids love the waterfalls and creatures along the Wallaby Track at Penneshaw. Photo GoFundMe page

Kids love the waterfalls and creatures along the Wallaby Track at Penneshaw. Photo GoFundMe page

Now the community has set up a GoFundMe page Wallaby Track Walking Trail, which raised $500 in its first 24 hours.

"I am calling on you to donate anything you can to help Graham continue his great work and to repair the damaged attractions," page originator Clayton Willson wrote.

Mr Willson has also pledged to run the full 2021 Kangaroo Island Marathon to help with the fundraising effort.

Penneshaw local Shane Sanigar is among the locals who enjoy taking their kids down the trail and is equally disappointed to see the vandalism.

It is hoped the money raised will help with track maintenance and lift the spirits of Mr Lloyd, he said.

The sign at the Wallaby Track at Penneshaw explains its history and marks out its attractions. Photo Shane Sanigar

The sign at the Wallaby Track at Penneshaw explains its history and marks out its attractions. Photo Shane Sanigar

He dedicated the 1.5km track along Pork Creek to the Trethewey family. He is connection to the family goes back when his eldest sister Fen married Vern Trethewey.

About eight years ago, he was walking along the creek after a decent rain and noticed all the water and waterfalls, thinking it would be a great tourist attraction.

It took him about two months to work out the exact route and over the years he's built eight wooden bridges, one wooden staircase, 80 cement steps and one dam wall.

His nephew Duffy donated all the sand for the concrete works, which make the track safer to walk.

The Penneshaw Progress Association has secured two grants to plant 300 trees and shrubs along the track, a project about half complete.

One of the Island's many best-kept secrets, the Wallaby Track in recent years has perhaps been outshone by the recently opened Kangaroo Island Scultpure Trail, located in just the next gully.

We hope to visit the Wallaby Track soon and bring you some more vision of any updates and improvements.

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