Due to the recent monsoon wet weather Gove has received lately, the Latram River and Goanna Lagoon (Wathawuy) recreational areas are now CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Dhimurru Rangers have been working hard over the past 12 months to repair the long term environmental damage that has accumulated over the past 40 years at Wathawuy. In the interest of maintaining the structure of the track surface and establishing the root system of the new tree planting we have decided that closing the area for the remainder of the wet season, is the most appropriate way to ensure sustainability for the long term.
Dhimurru have recently spent over $200K to resurface access tracks into Goanna and the Latram, thanks to Government funding. This includes a new crossing, allowing extended recreational use to the area over the wet season. We have expanded amenities for visitors and planted trees for future rehabilitation, aesthetics and shade. Thanks to the YBE nursery team and Faye Lawton from Rio Tinto for making this happen.
Ranger patrols and maintenance will still be conducted in the area and we hope the community will respect this decision.
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation apologises to the community for any inconvenience and we hope the dry weather returns soon. Please look at the Designated Recreational Area status sign on Melville Bay Road for the latest updates or log into www.dhimurru.com.au or our Facebook page.