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Peel-Harvey Estuarine System


City of Mandurah

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Peel Inlet Mandurah

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 20 Jul 1999 Category 1

Category 1

National or State significance The highest level of protection is appropriate including referral for entry on to the appropriate national and/or state registers, and the provision of maximum encouragement to the owner/s to conserve the significance of the place. The place should be photographically recorded and a conservation plan be prepared.

Register of the National Estate Permanent 15 May 1990

Heritage Council
RHP - Does not warrant assessment Current 19 Dec 2008

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

The Peel-Harvey Estuarine System and Lake McLarty and Lake Mealyup are of high significance as bird habitats, especially water birds. The area provides the most important estuarine bird habitat in south west Western Australia. Some seventy species of bird have been recorded there, including 16 migratory species protected by international migratory bird treaties.
The samphire flats and wetlands of the area support an unusual diversity of invertebrate fauna. The Peel-Harvey Estuary supports over 37 species of fish, which are not only an important food source for carnivorous birds, but
may have significant commercial and/or recreational importance. The Inlet and Estuary are also significant nursery areas for various species of fish, crabs, prawns and molluscs.
The System is also significant as the largest estuarine ecosystem of the Swan Coastal Plain. The terrestrial vegetation communities of the area are representative types once more extensive on the coastal plain which are
now of restricted occurrence elsewhere. The closed heath of the area contains the rare plant species, Brachyloma pressii.
The Peel-Harvey Estuarine System has been extensively studied by scientists attempting to understand the processes of eutrophication and methods of slowing it down. These studies are relevant to the understanding of evolution and infill of estuaries throughout Australia.
The mudflats and wetlands fringing the Mandurah channel are considered the best remaining in Western Australia, and several areas in the estuarine system, particularly the wetlands, have high scenic value.
The Peel-Harvey Estuarine System is registered with the National Estate.


The Inlet has been a major source of transport, fresh water and food for both the Aboriginal people and the first settlers. The abundance of fish in particular was recognised by the Aborigines when each year they gathered on
the Inlet tributaries at their mungahs. For the Europeans, the importance of the Inlet as a fishing ground lead to the establishment of a fishing industry in the latter half of the nineteenth century. This lead to a conflict over
resources as the Europeans regularly destroyed the Aborigines mungah, especially on the Serpentine River.
The Inlet was also highly valued for its recreational values since the turn of the century when the Mandurah area became known as a holiday resort. Since then, each summer the population swells with holidaymakers. The Inlet therefore has high social significance for generations of Western Australians.
This was further demonstrated by the amount of public concern generated over the failing health of the estuary as a result of eutrophication. This public pressure over many years finally saw the construction of the Dawesville
Channel in 1994, the biggest environmental engineering project ever undertaken in the state.

Place Type

Large Conservation Region


Epoch General Specific
Original Use PARK\RESERVE Park\Reserve
Present Use PARK\RESERVE Park\Reserve

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS River & sea transport
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Sport, recreation & entertainment

Creation Date

08 Mar 2002

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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