Lake Goollelal to be treated for midges


Yellagonga Regional Park. Picture: Martin Kennealey d467270
Yellagonga Regional Park. Picture: Martin Kennealey d467270

LAKE Goollelal will be treated for midges this Wednesday and Thursday.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, working with the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo, will treat the lake in Yellagonga Regional Park using a drone rather than helicopter, making it more precise, effective and cost efficient.

Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski said she had recently received “many calls and emails about the large number of midges affecting local residents”.

“Following testing and the midge numbers reaching predetermined thresholds, the decision was made to treat the lake,” she said.

“I know that for some, this action will be seen as long overdue and for others, it may be premature but ultimately I support the treatment to maintain the amenity of the residents who are affected.

“I understand this is a short-term treatment and that we as a community need to do more to protect and improve the water quality of our fabulous wetlands.

“I will continue to work with the Minister for Environment, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo and the local community to implement permanent and environmentally sensitive actions to address the issue.”

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