Wanneroo Times

Plan tackles industrial pollution

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MITIGATING pollution from the Wangara industrial area is among the “more significan­t strategies” in the plan for Yellagonga, says Joondalup councillor John Chester.

Cr Chester, speaking at a recent council meeting, said it also had “straightfo­rward strategies” such as educating people in the catchment to use low phosphorou­s fertiliser­s or to not wash cars using detergent on the lawn.

At Wanneroo’s recent council meeting, Cr Glynis Parker praised work to protect the wetlands’ health.

Cr Dot Newton said treatment changes meant residents were not dealing with midge issues as much.

“The amount of rainfall we’ve had the past few years has made it so much better for people who live around the wetland,” she said. “Drainage issues have been addressed as to how water is filtered into our lake.”

The plan said water levels at Lake Joondalup were the highest since the mid-1990s, and Lake Goollelal’s recent levels were similar to those recorded in the 1980s.

Ongoing issues included weeds, plant disease, bushfires and pest animals such as foxes, rabbits, feral cats, and unleashed dogs.

“Graffiti, dumping of rubbish and other forms of vandalism occur,” it also said.

Council reports said most costs were covered, though water quality monitoring might require another $35,000 from each City and a biodiversi­ty project could cost an extra $20,000 each.

Before the State election, Labor promised $8.5 million to enhance Yellagonga park, including building a 7km mountain bike trail near Lake Joondalup.

Edgewater resident Daniel Kingston asked if investigat­ions were still occurring for a cafe developmen­t at Neil Hawkins Park.

Joondalup governance and strategy director Jamie Parry said they were but it was more “in the mediumterm”, with coastal cafes developmen­ts more a priority.

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