Project status: In progress
The Living Lakes initiative will transform selected inland lakes and degraded creek and river systems within the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions into permanent waterways.
These enhancements will re-establish the native flora and fauna and attract people, industry, services and recreational facilities to the area and adjoining regions.
Living Lakes Stage 1 which explored and assessed the feasibility and cost of enhancing 20 existing lake systems, was completed in July 2012.
Three lakes were short listed out of Stage 1:
- Lake Towerrinning in the Wheatbelt
- Lake Yealering in the Wheatbelt
- Lake Ewlyamartup in the Great Southern
Under the second stage of the initiative, concept planning and construction-ready engineering designs will be developed for the lakes as well as costings for enhancement options. Stage 2 commenced in February 2014 and will be delivered in two parts:
- Part 1 will develop ready to construct engineering design specifications, costings and an implementation plan for Lake Ewlyamartup and Lake Yealering. The options aim to improve water quality and increase the duration of lake inundation to maximise recreational and environmental opportunities.
- Part 2 will design land use concept plans for Lake Ewlyamartup, Lake Yealering and Lake Towerrining and develop commercial, social, environmental and cultural outcomes. This may include:
- Tourism and accommodation facilities
- Recreational and social infrastructure
- Cultural interpretive opportunities and environmental strategies.
Living Lakes is supported by $1.6 million of Royalties for Regions funding to create significant social, economic and environmental benefits for residents and businesses in surrounding towns.