The Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo secured $867,000 in funding through the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to fund smart environmental monitoring initiatives at Yellagonga Regional Park.
The use of smart environmental sensors, satellites and drones will allow the City of Joondalup and its partners to measure and monitor the park’s environmental conditions in near real time, ensuring that timely action can be taken to maintain the amenity of the area and also provide the ability to better make decisions for the health of the wetlands.
The funding will enable Smart Technology to better manage and protect the park’s biodiversity-rich wetlands system for current and future generations.
There are a range of stakeholders who play a role in protecting the biodiversity of the Park and its wetlands including the City of Joondalup, City of Wanneroo, Edith Cowan University, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and the project has the full support of all agencies.
There is a strong commitment from all stakeholders to build a better knowledge base to improve the management decisions to ensure the long-term health of the wetlands and to protect the economic, environmental, recreational and cultural values of the Park.
Mayor Jacob said that the Australian Government funding would allow the City and its partners to further develop the park area into an attractive metropolitan regional park for the local community as well as visitors from across the Perth metropolitan region.
“In addition to the environmental benefits of the project, the smart monitoring will have social benefits including better quality of life for nearby residents with the opportunity to better control midge populations through improving predictions of outbreaks and triggers,” he said.
“This is an exciting project with improved opportunities to deliver economic benefits through eco-tourism development by monitoring visitor numbers and usage of the Park to inform planning of more appropriate recreational infrastructure.
“The Australian Government is to be commended for its support.”
Read more about City of Wanneroo Smart City Funding.