Lake Nowergup/Carabooda Valley Community Group
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About the Lake Nowergup/Carabooda Valley
The Lake Nowergup/Carabooda Valley is located just off Wanneroo Rd, approximately 12km north of Joondalup and about 5km from Mindarie.
The area is a unique rural, heritage and conservation precinct.
At its heart lies Lake Nowergup Fauna Sanctuary, the deepest permanent lake in the metropolitan area. It has a high diversity of birds with over 56 species recorded which are dependent on permanent wetlands.
This lake is on the Register of the National Estate because of its ecological values. The area is adjacent to Neerabup National Park and Bush Forever Site 383. The area has high conservation values.
The Nowgerup Lake valley is an extremely attractive heritage landscape, offering very scenic limestone karst and tuart features as part of the linear wetlands. The Yaberoo Bushwalk Trail from Joondalup to Yanchep passes through the National Park and there is great potential to expand this trail by incorporating the Nowergup Lake and the associated valley and kaarst limestone and tuart landscape into a future regional open space servicing the Alkimos Region in one of the fastest growing local governments in Australia.
Why we are active
We are a group of local residents of the Nowergup/Carabooda Valley who have come together in our united goal of protecting the unique rural, heritage, landscape and conservation features in our local area.
Our objectives are:
- To protect our local environment and community from the continuing threat of extractive industries and other industrial developments.
- To raise public awareness of the amenity values of the local area in terms of its proximity to Neerabup National Park, Lake Nowergup and Bush Forever 383.
- To bring into reality the vision for landscape enhancement, amenity, tourism and passive recreation as identified and planned for by both the State Government and the City of Wanneroo over a number of years in such studies of the area including:
The community has been campaigning against a proposal by WA Limestone to establish a new limestone quarry and concrete batching plant on seven hectares of virgin native bushland on Wanneroo Rd less than 500 metres from Lake Nowergup.
The wider community support has been significant and sustained with bipartisan support from all local members of Parliament:
John Quigley MLA, Member for Mindarie, Giz Watson MLC, North Metropolitan Region, Lyn Maclaren MLC, South Metropolitan Region, Michael Mischin MLC, North Metropolitan Region, Paul Miles MLA, Member for Wanneroo, Albert Jacobs MLA, Member for Ocean Reef.
The Minister for the Environment Albert Jacob has DISMISSED THE APPEAL BY WA Limestone. (Download).
No clearing permit.
1437 DAYS and we did it.
We have just protected 7 hectares of prime bushland next to Lake Nowergup.
A WONDERFUL DAY.
Thanks to every single person who liked us on facebook, emailed, signed petitions, phoned, attended meetings, handed out flyers, attended rallies and meetings……and never stopped believing that this proposed quarry always was quite simply in the wrong spot.
Congratulations to Minister Jacob. You have protected the environment well.
However a Caution – The Minister concluded his decision with:
“The Minister noted that this decision does not preclude the appellant from applying for a clearing permit in the future, where the applicant will need to address the issues raised in the DEC’s assessment as well as any residual impacts.
Finally, the Minister noted that the DEC’s advice refers to discussions around a potential exchange of land. As this is a matter relating to the Planning Portfolio, the Minister wrote to the Minister for Planning advising him of the decision on the appeal and offering support for any land exchange proposal which optimises the outcome for the environment“.
We will continue to be vigilant.
Download the Flyer. (Download).
CoW Residents Submission Letter. (Download).
Local Residents Submission Letter. (Download).
Sabine Winton Says
“The longer this goes, the stronger the community seems to be becoming. It is outrageous that the State Government is not making this issue a priority despite our efforts and concerns for nearly 3 years. The Government’s failure to resolve this issue is anti community and a neglect of the environment. Why don’t they see the potential for this area as regional open space? The Lake Nowergup Valley has so much to offer the Northern Corridor, Alkimos Region. All the other wetlands have dried up.
This proposal is for a tiny quarry. Surely the value we as a community and Government place on a wetland that isn’t actually dried out, on Tuart Woodlands and caves is higher.”
“The clearing permit is going to be a huge hurdle for WA Limestone if recent decisions by the DEC to protect vegetation is anything to go by. We still hold fears that the real future plans for this site might be to establish a cement batching plant like the one the State Government allowed to operate in Neerabup National Park off Hester Ave, run by BCG.” Sabine Winton, Spokesperson.
Where we are. (Download).
Brighton Picnic. (Download).
Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail. (Download).
Parks and Reserves of Yanchep Draft MP. (Download).
The Future of East Wanneroo – Land Use and Water Management. (Download).