LAKE GNANGARA

 

Lake Gnangara

 

GPS 31 47 16.28 S 115 52 06.39 E

 

 

 

Pets allowed on leash Sight seeing area Walk trails Authorised parking facilities Day use site only - no camping

 

 

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Lake Gnangara (the G is silent when the name is spoken) is located just north of Gnangara Road in the suburb that also bears the same name.

Each time a vehicle arrives or leaves the car park an annoying loudspeaker activates and warning messages start blaring out for all to hear. This is an absolute public nuisance and why the local government authority allows this to continue is a mystery. In our opinion it should be stopped.

The land just east of the car park is apparently private property and despite apparently having no development on, the owners deem it necessary to create a public nuisance in order to deter people from walking on their land.

Earlier disturbance of the area included diatomaceous earth mining which almost certainly had negative effects on the lake and the environment around it.

The lake is fed by groundwater from the Gnangara Mound. The mound structure stores about 20 cubic kilometres for fresh water and is the single most important source of drinkable water for the metropolitan area.

The water in the mound is being rapidly depleted due to over use and lack of replenishment from rainfall.

At one time the lake was used for recreation such as water skiing and much later it was a popular spot for remote controlled aircraft and powerboat enthusiasts to meet. All water activity involving internal combustion engines has since been banned.

The lake is seasonal and can dry out completely in the hot summer months. At these times people have used sand yachts on the lake bed but we have no idea whether this has also been prohibited.

The main recreational activities at the lake are walking (you can also take your dog), bird watching - although water birds seem to avoid the lake) and looking for wildflowers in season.

Some 'recreational' activates have resulted in arrests for public indecency but if you want to find out more about that you will have to Google it yourself.

The lake has a number of on-going problems including the acidification of the water, introduction of weeds and the general degradation of the environment. Despite various management plans developed over the decades, the City of Wanneroo has failed to make any significant improvement to the area in terms of environmental or recreational

 

 

 

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