David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    Government commits more for Yellagonga Regional Park improvements

    22/07/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The State Government has provided a further $250,000 to improve visitor facilities in Yellagonga Regional Park.

     

    The latest allocation follows a $425,000 improvement program that began last year.

     

    Environment Minister David Templeman said the improvements were part of the State Government’s commitment to create a world-class parks system.

     

    “Our parks and reserves attract more than 11 million visits a year which reflects the strong connection people have with these areas,” Mr Templeman said.

     

    The Yellagonga Regional Park improvements are part of a $11.5million capital works program the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is undertaking in parks and reserves throughout the State this financial year.

     

    The Minister said the Government had committed substantial funding for works in Yellagonga Regional Park because of community concerns over the safety of the road network around the Woodlake Retreat area, also known as Water View Estate.

     

    The works undertaken in the past 12 months include extending Woodlake Retreat through the park to a controlled intersection at Kingsway and Wanneroo Road to provide a safe alternative access.

     

    The works also included an interpretation shelter and a shared bicycle and pedestrian path linking to the existing path network around Lake Goollelal and to Kingsway.

     

    Resting points with seats had been provided along the path network and a 30-bay car park had been installed to service the area. Fencing had also been erected to prevent unauthorised vehicle access into the park.

     

    “These works will significantly improve access for local residents and visitors to Yellagonga Regional Park,” Mr Templeman said.

     

    “This year’s works program includes a new dual use path from Somerville Waters Estate to the intersection of Ashley and Wanneroo Road that will improve access for visitors.

     

    “The improvements will make Yellagonga a safer and more attractive place for families to visit.”

     

    Kingsley MLA Judy Hughes said she was pleased the Government had recognised the importance of improving facilities in the park.

     

    “The park is a major attraction in the Joondalup-Wanneroo area and is highly valued by the local community,” Ms Hughes said.

     

    Yellagonga Regional Park extends over 1,400ha and has significant conservation values, as well as areas of both Aboriginal and European cultural heritage.  It is managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation in collaboration with the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo.

     

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