The area around Bibra Lake and North Lake form part of the Beeliar wetlands in Perth. It spans 384 hectares and has more than 123 species of bird including the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo and peregrine falcon. Historically, the lakes were (and remain) important to the Nyoongar people in the Swan Coastal area. They were associated with the mythology of the Waugal, and springs and waterholes were the homes of ‘spirit children’. The dialect group known as the Beeliar, had semi-permanent camps on the precise site where the Federal and State governments are now planning to push through Perth’s first tollway. More than 80% of Perth’s once abundant wetlands have now been lost to urban infill, Bibra Lake and the surrounding chain of wetlands remain a stunning site of what was lost, and unless we learn to value and respect the world around us, what we still stand to lose.