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Rockingham Lakes Regional Park
Western Australia
Lake Cooloongup seen from Mandurah Road, August 2019 01.jpg
Lake Cooloongup
Nearest town or city City of Rockingham
Established 1997
Area 4,270 hectares
Managing authorities Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Website Rockingham Lakes Regional Park

Rockingham Lakes Regional Park is a conservation park approximately 40 kilometers south of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Rockingham. The park, established in 1997, covers a non-continuous area of 4,270 hectares and occupies approximately 16 percent of the area of the City of Rockingham.

In Western Australia, regional parks consist of areas of land that have been identified as having outstanding conservation, landscape and recreation values. The park contains remnants of the once widespread Swan Coastal Plain and two threatened ecological communities, Thrombolites and Sedgelands. It provides evidence of the sea level changes over the past 7,000 years.

History

The concept of regional spaces in Western Australia open to the public was first proposed in 1955, when the Stephenson-Hepburn Report recommended preserving private land for future public use in what would become the Perth Metropolitan Region in 1963. The Environmental Protection Authority, EPA, identified areas of significant conservation, landscape and recreation value, in a report in 1983. In 1989, the Western Australian State Government allocated the responsibility of managing regional parks with the Department of Conservation and Land Management.

A Regional Parks Taskforce was established in 1990 but the EPA reported in 1993 that the establishment of these parks encountered difficulties. In 1997, the state government announced the establishment of the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park.

Areas

Rockingham Lakes Regional Park consists of the following major areas:

Image Name Suburb Description
Point Peron near John Point, July 2019.jpg Cape Peron Peron Rugged limestone cliffs with sandy beaches and offshore reefs
Lake Richmond, June 2019, Image 5.jpg Lake Richmond Rockingham & Shoalwater Fresh water lake, 40ha, a maximum of 15 metres deep, home to Australian pelican, black swan, Australian shelduck, musk duck, white-faced heron, common greenshank as well as thrombolites
Lake Cooloongup seen from Mandurah Road, August 2019 02.jpg Lake Cooloongup Cooloongup Saline lake, 0.5 to 3.5 metres deep,
Lake Walyungup, south-eastern end, August 2019 07.jpg Lake Walyungup Warnbro Salt lake, 430ha, a maximum of 3.5 metres deep, popular with landsailors
Becher Point, Western Australia, July 2019 02.jpg Port Kennedy Scientific Park Port Kennedy
Lark Hill Port Kennedy
Tamworth Hill, seen from Tamworth Hill Swamp, April 2020.jpg Tamworth Hill Baldivis
Tamworth Hill Swamp, Baldivis, November 2019 01.jpg Tamworth Hill Swamp Baldivis
Anstey swamp, Karnup, November 2019.jpg Anstey Swamp Karnup
Paganoni Swamp, Karnup, November 2019 02.jpg Paganoni Swamp Karnup Swamp and upland, home to tuart, jarrah, banksia and sheoak as well as brushtail possums, quenda, brush-tailed phascogales, bobtails, western blue tongues, dugites, heath monitors, black headed monitors, chuditch and Carnaby’s cockatoos

The park covers an area of 4,270 hectares and occupies approximately 16 percent of the area of the City of Rockingham. Most of the park is surrounded by commercial and residential land, only in the south does it border rural areas.

The park is non-continuous, with Cape Peron and Lake Richmond forming an isolated north-western block and Anstey and Paganoni Swamp a separate southern part. The Port Kennedy Scientific Park and Lark Hill block is separated from Lake Cooloongup, Lake Walyungup and Tamworth Hill by a major road- and rail corridor, while smaller roads still separate the other areas.

Unexploded Ordnance

Unexploded Amunition Risk Area, Lake Walyungup, August 2019
A warning sign at Lake Walyungup highlighting the risk of unexploded ammunition

The Lake Cooloongup, Lake Walyungup, Port Kennedy Scientific Park and Lark Hill areas are potentially contaminated with Unexploded Ordnance, having been used as artillery range by the Department of Defence in the era around World War II.

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