Good things come to those who wait and finally, the communities of Yealering and Katanning could celebrate with the recent completion of the Living Lakes project.
It is taken over 20 years for the initiative to come to fruition, with engineering works improving the water holding capacity at both lakes, improving water quality and allowing for expanded recreational use and foreshore amenity improved through landscaping and infrastructure construction.
Wheatbelt NRM has project managed this work on behalf of the DPIRD and the Regional Development Commissions and we are elated to see such a successful outcome.
The local communities came out to celebrate at the recently held official openings and it was clear that these water bodies are highly valued by young and old. Many older residents told stories of swimming and boating on the lakes as children and the younger generation continuing the tradition.
Wheatbelt NRM feels privileged to have been part of this for the last 3 ½ years and congratulate the community group members, past and present, who have strived so long to bring this to completion.
Highlights of the works include at Lake Yealering new lawn areas and improved accessibility to the jetty and picnic areas. Engineering works include control gates to reduce water loss down the Avon River and improve flow from the back swamps.
At Ewlyamartup pathways provide access to the community facilities and a large control gate and flushing channel on the lakes only inlet/outlet will manage water flow to increase water levels in the lake.
Additional signage at both lakes celebrates the flora and fauna and the history of the areas.
A wonderful facility for locals and visitors to enjoy in our harsh Wheatbelt environment.
Better get a bigger boat!