Washpool Lagoon & Environs Management Plan

The Washpool Lagoon, located south of Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park at Aldinga Beach, is one of the last remaining coastal lagoons of its type along the metropolitan Adelaide coastline. Part of the Tjilbruke Dreaming Track, the lagoon is home to many species of water birds and supports several conservation status plant species.

Council has played a leading role in co-ordinating planning efforts to ensure the protection and conservation of the environmental values, Kaurna heritage and social and recreational opportunities of this significant site.

Council worked with government agencies, Kaurna representatives and the local community to develop the Washpool Management Plan. A steering group comprising of landowner representatives and a community reference group were established to guide implementation of this plan. In 2008 a Washpool Lagoon Restoration Action Plan was completed providing more detailed consideration of the rationale and feasibility of a number of actions detailed within the management plan.

The next phase of the project is to complete detailed design to guide the implementation of site works. This process requires considerable investment and extensive community and stakeholder engagement. Without confidence that we can source the resources required for on-ground works, the 4 May 2010 Council meeting resolved to place this project on hold until such time as sufficient external funding is achieved for project implementation.
In June 2010 Council wrote to the Federal and State Governments advising of Council’s concerns and seeking support for the project.

For further information, please contact Matt Buckell, Project Leader, on (08) 8384 0629 or email matbuc@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au