A ripple of good news from the Washpool

Late in 2017, Minister Hunter, in correspondence to local member Hon Chris Picton MP, confirmed that the Washpool is to be proclaimed as a park under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.  In February 2018, the following update was provided by Elspeth Young, Co-ordinator of the Protected Area System within DEWNR.



“The Washpool Lagoon is one of the very few remaining coastal freshwater and estuarine lagoon systems along the Adelaide metropolitan coast. As such, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is committed to ensuring its ongoing protection into the future by working towards proclaiming the land under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

The parcels of land comprising the Washpool Lagoon are held under multiple tenures. The Department is working with each land owner, including Onkaparinga Council, to identify land that can be considered for proclamation and consolidate the tenure of those parcels.

As part of this process, the Coast Protection Board have recently agreed to the transfer of their section of land, described as Allotment 9 in F10453, to the Minster for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation. This transfer is currently being processed.

This is an excellent step forward towards the protection of land in this area, however, there is much still remaining in preparing for a proclamation, particularly in the wider Washpool area. There are a number of actions to be completed (e.g. land transfers, land divisions) and management issues to resolve (e.g. stormwater management in the area) before a proclamation can be contemplated.

The protected areas unit are continuing to work towards the proclamation of the Aldinga Washpool through discussions with relevant groups and hope to provide the community with a further update in early April.”




Supported by grant from AMLR NRM

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