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The Lake Gregory / Paraku Region in the Kimberley by Diana Papenfus with the DRB Nats

11 December 2020, 7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Lake Gregory / Paraku Region in the Kimberley by Diana Papenfus with the DRB Nats

Venue: Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale road, Forrestfield.

*****Note: We are also holding our AGM on this night. The AGM will start at 6:00pm and is for members only. The normal meeting will start at the usual time of 7:00 pm*****

Please note: This meeting was scheduled for earlier in the year, but was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The DRB Nats committee have met and decided that it is now safe for this event to go ahead and we will be taking some precautions to protect members who attend:

  • Members and visitors will have to bring their own food and drink, except for tea and coffee provided (bring your own cup). 
  • Hand sanitiser will be available and should be used when entering.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Volunteers will be organised to clean the facility before and after the event.
  • You will be required to give your details to volunteers who will complete a register or persons attending.
    Please do not attend if unwell (call the DRB Nats phone number on 0436 448 647 to let us know).

Please complete the RSVP if you intend to attend on the night so that we know how many people are coming. If you have completed the RSVP but can’t attend because you are unwell, please call the DRB Nats phone on 0436 448 647.

***If there is insufficient numbers attending the event, we will cancel and let all persons registered know***

Further details: As per usual we will be accepting cash for the entry fee for the night. The people handling the cash will be using gloves and we will have hand sanitiser readily available. The door prizes, will be selected by a random number generator from the list of members attending, rather than raffle tickets.


Photo taken from Halls Creek Tourism Website.


Diana Papenfus is a long term member of the DRB Nats and also of the Shire of Kalamunda. She has been a long term environmental consultant and runs Coates Wildlife Tours.

She will give a talk about the area of Lake Gregory / Paraku which is in the Kimberley region near the Baliluna, Balgo and Mulan areas (at the end of the Canning Stock Route, south of Halls Creek).

The following information is taken from the Halls Creek Tourism website:

Access to the Aboriginal Communities are currently restricted. No travel allowed.

Paruku (Lake Gregory) Indigenous Protected Area- IPA, was declared in September 2001. It covers around 430,000 hectares on the borders of the Great Sandy Desert and Tanami bio-regions, south of the township of Halls Creek.

Paruku’s spectacular wetlands are an internationally renowned haven for hundreds of thousands of birds. The IPA covers a collection of aquatic habitats known as Lake Gregory, including Mulan Lake (the largest waterbody), Lera Waterhole, and Salt Pan and Djaluwon Creeks. Tjurabalan (Sturt Creek) primarily feeds this extensive lake system. Other creeks feeding into the system are Parnkupirti and Jalywarn.

Paruku is the Walmajarri name for Lake Gregory. Paruku/Lake Gregory is the only lake in the region with a reliable source of fresh water for large numbers of birds and other animals, supporting over 70 species of waterbirds and 175 aquatic species.

Surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of arid desert lands, these wetland oases are fed from a catchment in the south-east Kimberley region. More than 100,000 birds visit the wetlands regularly, with up to 60,000 estimated at Mulan Lake at any one time.

In August 2001 the High Court of Australia formally recognised the Traditional Owners of this area held native title over the land. The handover ceremony was conducted on the shores of Paruku, symbolising the significance of this place to local Aboriginal people.

Traditional owners believe the system was formed when a star fell from the sky into the lake and then transformed itself into a man becoming the very first Traditional Owner of this place.

Permits for camping at Lake Gregory are available at Bililuna, Balgo and Mulan stores.

PLEASE NOTE VENUE: Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale Road, Forrestfield.

It is a modern, well-equipped and large venue all on one level with easy access, inside toilets, plenty of parking and plenty of seats. We won’t be squashed up any more and we don’t have to put a numbers limit on visitors any more. It’s all good! (Thanks to the City of Kalamunda for making it possible for us.)

Target audience: This will be suitable for anyone who is interested in nature of the outback. This is your night. Bring the whole family, aged 6 and above, all welcome. We are an inter-generational, family friendly, high energy group. It doesn’t matter if you are a raw beginner, a passionate amateur or a professional scientist, there will be something for you. Visitors and members welcome.


  • Kids’ talk – one of your younger members will be giving a 5 minutes kids’ talk – details to be announced
  • Boffins talk – A member will give an 8 minutes Boffins’ talk – to be announced.
  • Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table or to send photographs to the MC in advance, e.g. a sample flower, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. If we have time, one of our experts will identify them or briefly talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. Photographs are particularly welcome, as everyone can see them. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to our MC for this night, and she/he will include it on her PowerPoint slides. We have a dedicated email for this purpose” DRBChair@wanaturalists.org.au
  • Things of the month / Things coming up: We have sections on things that are happening in nature this month and things coming up so if you have anything to share on this email: DRBChair@wanaturalists.org.au
  • Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.
  • Raffle: We will have a great raffle  – please raid your piggy bank for a bit more cash, $5 for 3 tickets. Prizes to be announced. One of the prizes is a framed print of native bees:

Time: Please come at 7.15pm or earlier if you wish, for a 7.30pm start as we start promptly. We are open from 6.45pm. We finish formal proceedings no later than 9.30pm and stay for refreshments and socialising afterwards any time up until 10.20pm.

Donation: All this for only a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child to help with the costs of running the club, venue hire, insurance and so on. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits (including gluten free). Please bring the right CASH to help us avoid long queues. Thanks. We do not have EFTPOS facilities yet.

Entrance: It is a condition of entry that everyone signs in on arrival, thank you.

Parking: Free parking right outside.

Wheelchair access: Everything is on one level.

Toilets: Are inside.

Bookings: Please make a booking through our website so we know how many people will be attending.

See you there for  fabulous night.


11 December 2020
7:00 pm-9:30 pm
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Woodlupine Community Centre Hall
88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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