Careniup Wetlands Reserve Management Plan - Draft

The Careniup Swamp Reserve in Gwelup is made up of wetlands, large open spaces, urban forests and fields, and is a wonderful place for bird watching, photography, nature play and walking. Closing date: 31 May 2020 Follow project

Home to the Secret Garden

We want to make sure this important natural resource is looked after well into the future, which means it needs to be effectively managed.

The Careniup Wetlands Reserve Management Plan - Draft aims to balance the environmental and conservation needs of the reserve, while still meeting the current and future recreational needs of the community.

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What does the management plan cover?

The management plan recommends a number of actions to address:

  • Planning

Provides details on how the City will plan for the management of land adjacent to the wetlands.

  • Physical environment

Outlines the actions the City will undertake to ensure a healthy, natural ecosystem within the wetlands precinct is maintained.

  • Biological environment

Discusses the measures the City will take to protect the vegetation and wildlife within the reserve.

  • Social and built form

Addresses the infrastructure needs and ongoing management required to cater for an increasing number of visitors to the reserve while reducing the impact on the natural environment. The Draft Development Plan shows the proposed infrastructure and works planned for the reserve.

How can I view the management plan?

The Careniup wetlandsReserve - Draft Management Plan is available to download from useful document below. There are three documents that make up the plan:

  • Careniup Wetlands Reserve Management Plan - Draft
  • Careniup wetlands Reserve - Draft Development Plan
  • Careniup wetlands Reserve Management Plan - Draft - Appendices.

This information is available in alternative formats, on request by contacting the City of Stirling Customer Service Team on (08) 9205 8555.

What will the City do with my feedback?

All comments sent to the City will be collated and summarised in a consultation report. 

The City will provide responses to the comments in the report but, to ensure respondents remain anonymous, will not include identifiable information.

The consultation report will include the query/comment, how many people raised the comment and the City’s response. 

What does the Careniup wetlands Reserve - Draft Management Plan aim to achieve?

The Careniup Wetlands Reserve - Draft Management Plan aims to:

  • Maintain a healthy natural ecosystem within the Careniup wetlands precinct;
  • Manage stormwater from the surrounding catchment in accordance with best management practice standards
  • Produce a network of parks, environmental experiences and amenities that will meet the local community’s passive recreation needs into the future;
  • Produce an integrated pedestrian path network within the Careniup Wetlands precinct that connects with the broader neighbourhood path network
  • Establish theme/s for an appropriate landscape character for the public open space areas in response to context, natural and cultural values; and landscape management/maintenance requirements
  • Develop a plan that balances conservation of the natural elements of Careniup Wetlands with the increase in recreational use of the reserve and drainage functions
  • Utilise the City’s resources effectively for future development and ongoing management works.

What are the next steps?

Once the public comment period has closed, all comments received will be collated and a report prepared for Council. 

Based on the outcome of the public comment period, the report to Council will identify the next steps in delivering the Careniup Wetlands Reserve - Management Plan.

Management plan changes from intial public consultation to now

In late 2018, the first draft of the management plan was advertised for public consultation.  Given the volume of feedback and subsequent amendments, the City is seeking further comment by way of another round of public consultation. 

Amendments that have been made to the management plan since the first round of consultation include:

  • Removal of the proposed public toilet from the management plan, however one may be considered in the future (likely at the northern end of the reserve);
  • Relocation of the BBQ from the northern playground to the central playground has been removed;
  • An additional east-west crossing option (to complete a pedestrian circuit) has been included on the development plan;
  • Retention of the pedestrian path lights along Water Crest Gardens.  These lights will be replaced in the 2020/21 financial year (pending Council budget approval);
  • Inclusion of an off-leash dog area at the northern end of the reserve;
  • The proposed relocation of the northern playground has been removed from the management plan.  It will be investigated when the playground is due for replacement (anticipated 2025) or the new public open space to the north-east of Careniup Wetlands Reserve is developed;
  • Additional parking bays have been added to Balcatta Road, given the concentration of activity at the northern end of the reserve;
  • The proposed footpath between the western lake and the main wetlands water body has been removed;
  • More detail has been provided regarding plans for the Secret Garden;
  • The aerator in the western lake has been reinstated;
  • Turtle nesting areas have been added;
  • Bollards to the Balcatta Road verge have been added to prohibit vehicle access to the northern portion of the reserve;
  • The reserve name has been changed to ‘Careniup Wetlands Reserve’.  This name change has been approved by Council.  New reserve name signs are proposed as part of the management plan implementation.



Development of the Careniup Wetlands Reserve - Draft Management Plan

Public comment period opens 16 October 2018

Public comment period closes Careniup Wetlands Reserve Management Plan - Draft 6 December 2018

Report to Council with public consultation results April 2019

Report to Council with additional information February 2020

Public comment round 2 opens 10 March 2020

Public comment round 2 closes 21 April 2020

Report to Council and identification of next steps

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