10051: Construction of bird hide at Lake Vancouver, Goode Beach, Vancouver Peninsula, Albany

    Lake Vancouver. Courtesy Richard Vogwill, Frenchman Bay Association
    Lake Vancouver. Courtesy Richard Vogwill, Frenchman Bay Association

    Lake Vancouver is the only freshwater wetland on the Vancouver Peninsula and is a significant source of water for fauna in the area.

    Within 200 m of Goode Beach, the lake is supported by groundwater inflows in the summer. In the winter, the lake recharges groundwater, helping to maintain the groundwater-saltwater balance near the coast.

    The lake is relatively undisturbed wetland, with its significance due to its ecological, landscape, cultural, hydrological and potential scientific and educational values. The lake has been described as a 'pristine' wetland by the Department of Water and is surrounded by privately owned land, which could be developed in the future.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project aims to allow better access to the lake and to increase public understanding of its importance and the need to preserve it in its current condition. This will be achieved through the construction of:

    • pathways
    • boardwalks
    • interpretative signage
    • a bird hide.
    Investment: $ 14 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 2 295
    Other contribution: $ 19 179
    Delivery organisation: Frenchman Bay Association Inc.
    Project duration: September 2011 - November 2012
    Location: 20 km south of Albany; 200 m west of Goode Beach on the Vancouver Peninsula

    Major project achievements

    • Construction of access pathways and boardwalk and a bird hide
    • Design and erection of four interpretive signs outlining the Indigenous and European heritage and the ecological values of the lake system.

    Project partners

    City of Albany; Department of Water; Department of Environment and Conservation; South Coast NRM (cultural connection team)

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