Yellagonga Regional Park
Yellagonga Regional Park is located on the Swan Coastal Plain within the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo. The Park contains a string of wetlands and swamps which form part of the ‘Linear Lakes’ of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Included in Yellagonga Regional Park are Lake Joondalup, Beenyup Swamp, Walluburnup Swamp and Lake Goollelal. Yellagonga Regional Park’s wetlands represent some of the last remaining freshwater systems in the Perth Metropolitan Area.
The largest lake in the Park, Lake Joondalup, is listed on the Register of the National Estate and is considered to be of national significance. In addition to the abundant plant life, these wetlands provide an important breeding ground for local birds, reptiles and amphibians.
The City manages the park in partnership with the City of Wanneroo and Department of Parks and Wildlife. Two key management plans exist to ensure the park’s environmental, cultural and heritage values are protected. These include the Department of Parks and Wildlife's Yellagonga Regional Park Management Plan 2003-2013 and the City of Joondalup and City of Wanneroo Yellagonga Integrated Catchment Management Plan 2009-2014.
The Yellagonga Integrated Catchment Management Plan 2009-2014 was first developed in 2009 as a joint project of the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo to provide a holistic and long term strategic plan to improve catchment health to protect the diverse values of the Yellagonga Regional Park.
The Yellagonga Integrated Catchment Management Plan 2009-2014 is presented in two sections. Part one provides an introduction to the integrated catchment management process and a literature review on the threats and condition of the Yellagonga Regional Park and its catchment. Part two provides an implementation plan to address the key issues arising from the literature review developed in consultation with the community.
Part 1: Technical Report Yellagonga Integrated Management Plan 2009-2014
Part 2: Implementation Plan Yellagonga Integrated Management Plan 2009-2014
Following a review of the Yellagonga Integrated Catchment Management Plan 2009-2014, the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo developed the Yellagonga Integrated Catchment Management Plan 2015-2019 to continue implementing conservation projects to address threats and enhance the condition of the Yellagonga Wetlands.
Community Awareness Program
A key community project of the Yellagonga Integrated Catchment Management Plan 2015-2019 is the Yellagonga Community Awareness Program. This program provides educational initiatives for local residents, local schools and the broader community to raise awareness of the conservation needs of the important wildlife and vegetation within the Yellagonga Catchment.
Projects undertaken within the Yellagonga Community Awareness Program include the:
- Prevention of Hand-feeding Wildlife Campaign
- Feral Animal Awareness Campaign
- Responsible Pet Ownership Campaign
- Turtle Awareness Campaign
- Water Quality Awareness Program
- World Wetlands Week Program
- Yellagonga School Activity Sheets
Brochures relating to these programs can be viewed on the Publications and Plans page.
Yellagonga School Activity Sheets
The Yellagonga School Activity Sheets have been developed to raise the awareness of school students and teachers regarding the wide array of fauna and flora that inhabit the Yellagonga Wetlands, traditional Nyungar cultural heritage and issues for the ecology of this area.
These Australian curriculum aligned science, humanities and social sciences activity sheets have been produced by the City with the expertise of a science teacher and designed for years foundation/pre-primary to year 7.
The educational resources for each year group include a cover page Teacher's Guide followed by student activity pages and further teacher information for some activities. The Teacher's Guides cover elaborations, teaching points, pre-excursion, during the excursion and post-excursion suggestions to encourage users to undertake activities on site in Yellagonga Regional Park. Neil Hawkins Park in Joondalup is an ideal setting for excursions with good facilities. The year groups have not been specified on the Student Activity sheets so teachers can use an activity sheet for students of different ages.
The Yellagonga Regional Park ecology provides a relevant resource of local native flora and fauna, migratory birdlife, wetland habitat and traditional Nyungar cultural heritage information to explore science, humanities and social sciences through the Australian curriculum format.
View the Yellagonga School Activity Sheets