• $50,000 awarded to the Friends of Yellagonga to implement a pilot project to reduce midge numbers in the Yellagonga Regional Park,
  • The pilot project includes weekly nutrient water testing to be undertaken by Edith Cowan University
  • Project to include a number of midge and mosquito mitigation techniques.

Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski joined Minister for Environment the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC to present $50,000 to the Friends of Yellagonga for a pilot project to mitigate midge in the Yellagonga Regional Park.

The Friends of Yellagonga project will assess the impact of floating reed islands on the midge and mosquito population.

The project will include the use of floating reed islands, solar array, aeration pump and weekly water nutrient level sampling and analysis.

Comments from Member for Kingsley Jessica Stojkovski MLA:

“This was one of the top concerns of people living in Kingsley and Woodvale when I was out canvassing during the campaign; the swarms of midges.”

“We have such beautiful parks and facilities to enjoy, and often our evenings are ruined by these swarms, in the warmer months.”

“It is great to have a local group like the Friends of Yellagonga that are already working to mitigate this problem.”

“With the help of the funding I have secured, the Friends of Yellagonga can introduce this new pilot project and continue their hard work.”                                                                                                              

Comments from Minister for Environment Hon Stephen Dawson MLC:

“This grant is part of the McGowan Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program - which is about supporting a range of projects across Western Australia.”

“These grants are for important, grassroots initiatives and programs that will make a big difference to local communities.”

“The Local Projects, Local Jobs program will assist many different local community organisations including sporting groups, local governments, and non for profit service providers and will deliver much-needed upgrades to community facilities, road safety improvements and expansions of programs.”

“As Minister for the Environment, I am pleased that the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will assist the Friends of Yellagonga in implementing innovative recommendations in line with the ECU draft report on their review of the midge monitoring program from 2000 to 2015.”

Comments from Friends of Yellagonga Chairman Kevin McLeod:

“The installation of the extra solar unit will increase the volume of water filtered to 73 million litres per year.  The pumps operate during daylight hours all year round.”

“The area of sedge water plants that will be acting to purify the water will be doubled from 88 square metres to 176 square metres.  In addition the water flows back to the lake through a sand bed several metres thick.”

“If chemical control of midges is no longer required there are potential savings of at least $42,000 per year.”