After two years of research, monitoring and engagement: Aldinga Washpool report finalised

Regular readers will be aware from previous articles of NGT’s involvement with the Aldinga Washpool. After two years of research, monitoring and engagement with a broad range of people, our report Ecohydrological Restoration Assessment of the Aldinga Washpool is now complete and is available to download here.

First and foremost, we hope the report accurately represents the views and aspirations of the Kaurna Traditional Custodians we have listened to over the course of the project. The cultural significance of the Washpool and adjoining Blue Lagoon cannot be overstated. We also hope that the broader community are supportive of the restoration proposals we have collaboratively developed and become champions for their implementation. Importantly, the report now needs to be considered by the Co-Management Advisory Committee for Aldinga Conservation Park, comprising representatives from Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation and the Department for Environment and Water.

Alan Sumner welcoming visitors to Kaurna country at the Washpool on NGT’s Fleurieu Peninsula Tour, 8th October 2022 (photo: Amy Ide).

Sometimes the work we do at NGT occurs in quite remote locations with a relatively small number of directly interested parties. Working at the Washpool has been very different. Located on the peri-urban fringe of metropolitan Adelaide, subject to a stack of previous studies and in the process of designation as a formal reserve during our project time-frame, the Washpool has a lot of eyes upon it! We hope this added scrutiny has led to better quality assessment on our part – we think it has.

Drone view of the Washpool, 8th October 2022 (photo: Mark Bachmann).
This project was funded by Green Adelaide.
Ben Taylor