Little Lagoon Access Plan

The Shire of Shark Bay engaged Ecoscape to undertake a master planning process for the Little Lagoon recreation area vested in the Shire, with a focus on the channel day-use area. The master planning project was originally commissioned in 2010 by the Department of Environment and Conservation, however only the proposed shelters around the eastern side of Little Lagoon progressed to construction stage due to funding constraints. Ecoscape’s role was to review and update the Master Plan to reflect current expectations and site conditions.

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The Master Plan was required to ensure that development at Little Lagoon proceeds in a manner that is beneficial to the area’s natural and social environment.  The channel day-use area provides opportunities for both conservation through the protection of remnant native flora, and recreation through enhancement of existing facilities, into a resource of regional importance.

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Prior to engaging Ecoscape, the Shire conducted a survey to determine the community’s opinion on proposed 4WD track closures at Little Lagoon Creek. While many respondents indicated they would prefer no track closures, some suggested the closure of unnecessary tracks with varying amounts of remaining access. The project brief was therefore to balance community desires for access around Little Lagoon with the Shire’s responsibility to manage the natural environment.

Ecoscape produced the Little Lagoon Master Plan, which preserves and enhances what is valued about the current area, while rationalising access to create a safer and sustainable environment that can be valued by all users.

Water Corp of WA, Balcatta Office, Water Sensitive Urban Design Building Entrance
Water Corp of WA, Balcatta Office, Water Sensitive Urban Design Building Entrance

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North Fremantle WA 6159

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Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.