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Lake users April 2017 update
Success at last!

Lake Jualbup was once Subiaco's jewel in the crown. But when the eastern wall was removed in 2001 it began drying regularly to a mudflat each summer. Petitions to Subiaco council totalling 3033 signatures, and a 2011 community survey, confirmed that a majority of ratepayers preferred water to a mudflat -- which could be achieved by reducing leakage. On 28 Feb 2012 Subiaco council voted 8-5 to adopt a restoration plan, with a largely new council confirming it 11-2 on 15 Apr 2014. On 28 Mar 2017, after five years of talking in which Save Our Jewel played a key part, the council voted 9-1 to approve $1.5m of funds for restoration to proceed. The restoration includes many of our own proposals such as improving safety and reducing leakage with natural clay. It is fair to say that all stakeholdres recognise the plan as a good compromise between differing needs. For us it is success at last!
Keep up-to-date via this website
For details at-a-glance click on Map of Lake Jualbup Restoration. For a progress report with pictures and all important events, click on the relevant Summary of Events (2008-2014 or 2015-). Because restoration is going ahead, much of the information on this website is now mostly of historical value but is retained for that reason. Our thanks to the ratepayers of Shenton Park and beyond for your support. This website will keep you up-to-date on progress. As always we welcome your comments -- Allan Stoney, Convenor, Save-Our-Jewel group.

Save LJ sign

Summary of Events 2008-2014 pdf 3.0 MB 18 pages 59 photos 4 diag 2015 update
Important early steps in the struggle to restore Lake Jualbup. Includes responses to our petition, the Subiaco resolution to restore permanent water, your reactions, testing begins, weed spraying continues, administrative bias uncovered, surprising findings about the lake bottom, work on management plan begins (slowly).

What's New?

Summary of Events 2015- pdf 2.7 MB 8 pages 60 photos 3 diag 2017 update
Includes more drying and spraying, working group drives management plan, poor rains keep lake level low, contamination from Kilgor Park Lake at QEII, road runoff reduced by soakwells in drains, Dept of Aboriginal Affairs gives approval, Subiaco council approves $1.5m funding for restoration, 120mm summer rainfall fills lake in two days.

Website hits

Website History pdf 354 KB 2 pages 14 photos 1 diag 2017 update
History of this website and the events that led up to it, meet the Save-Our-Jewel group, visitor statistics, how to contact us. We welcome your comments.

Two ibises

Our Proposals pdf 1.0 MB 7 pages 37 photos 3 diagrams 2015 update
They include permanent water, willows, wildlife, signage, and access for the disabled. With four myths about the lake, how to pronounce Jualbup, update on the use of natural clays instead of polymer to reduce leakage, a map showing our proposals, and a map showing the restoration adopted by Subiaco council.

Map of proposals

Map of Lake Jualbup Restoration pdf 98 KB 1 page 2015 update
Annotated map showing the restoration adopted by Subiaco council.
Shows everything in one hit. Same map as in previous item.

Swan and cygnets

Follow-Up to Our Proposals pdf 1.1 MB 16 pages 26 photos 8 diagrams 2015 update
Environmental topics including why lakes are drying out. Restoring the seal. Three myths about community attitudes. Where the original lake and local recreation ground was in the 1900s. Lake Jualbup compared with local wetlands (with map).


Reports on Lake Jualbup 2000-2016 pdf 220 KB 2 pages 2 photosNew in 2017
Details of the 14 main reports on Lake Jualbup commissioned by the City of Subiaco, average cost $40K, with URLs for retrieval from the City's website. There are many updates and other extras available but we don't list them (enough is enough).


Two Case Studies pdf 207 KB 3 pages 7 photos 1 diagram 2014 update
Mabel Talbot Reserve in Jolimont and Hyde Park Lakes in the Town of Vincent. They tell us more about the issues than any armchair environmentalist opinion. Includes the pros and cons of drying out for you to draw your own conclusions.


Aboriginal Heritage pdf 296 KB 3 pages 6 photos 2012 update
Registered Aboriginal sites. The agreement between Subiaco and Nyungah Elders. Nyungah connections with nature. Improving heritage signage. Significance of Hyde Park Lakes and implications for Lake Jualbup.


Independent Review pdf 2.1 MB 15 pages 2 diagrams Issued 2012
By Rockwater Pty Ltd gives a general OK to the hydrology in our proposals and in Dr Geoffrey Dean's research, including proposals for reducing leakage. Reviews how the area might respond to flooding. With comments on the RPS proposals.

Letters to the 

Letters pdf 602 KB 22 pages 24 photos Dated but still worth reading
In March 2010 - March 2011 the POST had 48 letters on Lake Jualbup.
Average length was 250 words. Here you can read all of them.
See what people thought about Lake Jualbup in their own words.

Duck with 

Birdlife pdf 877 KB 3 pages 32 photos
Local resident Bill Mackenzie has recorded nearly 50 bird species at Lake Jualbup. Nedlands resident Stephen Randell has witnessed special bird moments in close-up. Here are 32 of their photographs. You won't see these birds if the lake is dry!

Grebe nesting

History pdf 7.8 MB 55 pages with index 90 photos 15 diagrams 2011 update
A year-by-year illustrated history of Lake Jualbup from before settlement to May 2011, with an index to events (200 entries). Watch this space for the latest update. Kindly made available by its author Dr Geoffrey Dean.


Hydrology full text pdf 2.3 MB 52 pages with index 80 photos 70 diagrams 2012 update
Summary only pdf 254 KB 4 pages 10 photos 15 diagrams 2012 update
The secret life of water in Lake Jualbup. Dr Geoffrey Dean's digest of available scientific information, and his 2012 interactive model for predicting water level.