Environment Minister Donna Faragher today released the final management plan for Rockingham Lakes Regional Park.
Rockingham Lakes Regional Park is located within the City of Rockingham, about 39km south of Perth and covers an area of 4,270ha.
Mrs Faragher said the park had extremely high nature conservation values and provided the local community with a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural environment.
“The park protects two threatened ecological communities: thrombolites at Lake Richmond and sedgelands in Holocene dune swales. Both of these communities are listed as critically endangered in Western Australia,” she said.
“The occurrence of thrombolites, which are a basic microbial structure originating at least 600 million years ago, is not only a rare natural phenomenon, it also represents a record of ancient life on Earth.
“The sedgelands in Holocene dune swales in the park are also significant features representing an evolving coastal environment, which offer a unique opportunity for research into the history of sea level change and coastal wetland development.
“The landforms and vegetation assemblages of the Rockingham-Becher Plain are unique and of international importance. The park preserves an important remnant of this plain.”
The plan outlines the overarching approach for the protection and enhancement of the park’s nature conservation, recreation, cultural and landscape values.
“The park, particularly at Cape Peron, is used for a variety of recreational activities such as walking, cycling and picnicking, and the adjoining beaches and Shoalwater Islands Marine Park provide opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and fishing,” the Minister said.
“The wide expanse of Lake Walyungup is a location for model aeroplane and land yacht sailing activities in summer.”
The lands comprising the park also have cultural significance for Aboriginal people, and contain heritage places relating to the defence of WA during World War II.
Mrs Faragher said the final plan provided the way forward for the sustainable and co-operative management of the park between the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), City of Rockingham and the community.
“The management plan establishes a clear vision on the best way to manage and protect Rockingham Lakes Regional Park,” she said.
Conservation Commission chair Mrs Pat Barblett said the contributions of organisations and individuals in the development of the plan were critical to the integrity of the plan and ultimately the management of the park.
Mrs Barblett thanked the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Community Advisory Committee, which also provided significant input into the management plan.
“The advisory committee has been instrumental in preparing the plan. The work of its members has shaped the document into a community-based plan and the commission appreciates their effort and commitment,” Mrs Barblett said.
To view a copy of the plan, visit http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/landmanagementplanning. Alternatively it can be obtained from DEC’s Regional Parks office in Fremantle.
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