WALGA’s Environmental and Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 10 - October 2021

Local Government Leading Shift to Renewable Energy

In a giant step towards zero emissions, WA Local Governments have the opportunity to sign up for an Australian first renewable energy agreement. Negotiated by WALGA, the new aggregated agreement has the potential to deliver 100% renewable power to multiple Local Governments, accessing the renewable energy supply from three WA wind farms. This is the first renewables and carbon offset aggregation project, the largest of its kind in Australia.

iDriveWA Towards Zero Emissions Future Transport

WALGA will host a seminar for Local Governments at the Zero Emissions Future Transport Conference and Expo on 4 November at Perth Airport.

Proposed Cost Recovery for EPA Assessments

WALGA has prepared a submission on the proposed cost recovery model under Part IV of the EPA, in response to DWER's discussion paper.
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Bushfire Mitigation Burning

Local Governments' bushfire mitigation burning activities will be exempt under the Biodiversity Conservation (Exemptions) Amendment Order 2021. WALGA will organise a webinar in the near future with DBCA to provide further information.

Workshop: Identifying Collaborative Opportunities for WA Local Governments

WALGA and CPP are co-delivering an online workshop to accelerate climate action on 23 November.
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WALGA's Aboriginal Forum 'Doyntj Doyntj Come Together'

WALGA hosted an Aboriginal Forum on 22 September with concurrent sessions on Aboriginal engagement and reconciliation, including various Aboriginal landcare initiatives.

WALGA Regional Field Day 
Natural Area Management

WALGA hosted the first regional Field Day on National Area Management and Restoration Practices on 11 October, developing practical skills required to manage and protect natural areas.

Sector Spotlight

Local Waterbirds Enjoy New Home

The City of South Perth has built a unique island in the Swan River to promote Black Swan nesting
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Balancing Growth and Environment

The City of Wanneroo has shared its approach to balancing its urban growth and the protection of the environment.
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City of Kalamunda Seizes Opportunity to improve Forgotten Reserve

Budget savings provide significant environmental opportunity for a forgotten reserve in the Perth Hills. 
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City of Stirling Installs New Quenda Bungalows in Dianella

In partnership with the local Men's Shed and DBCA, the City installed 11 new quenda bungalows in Dianella.
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Turtles Nest in Rainy Weather

Safety appeal as nesting turtles more active during cold front weather pattern.
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City of Canning Urban Forest Strategy

Collaboration for a cooler, greener, more sustainable Canning.
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State & Federal Updates

Polyphagus Shot-Hole Borer (PSHB) Detected in East Fremantle
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is responding to the confirmed detection of the exotic pest beetle, PSHB, in a residential property in East Fremantle. To stop the spread, a Quarantine Area Notice has been put in place, specifying the boundary area and types of activities prohibited. Local Governments in the area should be aware of this issue to ensure the pest does not spread further.

Central Repository of Curated WA Biodiversity Data Platform (WA-BDR)
The Biodiversity Information Office, hosted by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), has recently developed a whole of state biodiversity data platform, the WA-BDR. This free platform is scheduled to launch mid-2022.

Riverbank Funding for Swan and Canning Rivers and Foreshores
The State Government has announced $1.8 million in new funding for foreshore restoration projects to improve the health of the Swan Canning Riverpark. Funding will primarily go to 15 local foreshore land managers, including 13 Local Governments.

Kalgulup Regional Park Management Plan Announced
The State Government, along with the City of Bunbury and Shires of Capel, Dardanup, and Harvey, officially launched the management plan for the newly established regional park, Kalgulup Regional Park. The park will receive a $10.5 million investment over four years as part of the Plan for Our Parks initiative.

Proposed South Coast Marine Park
DBCA has proposed a south coast marine park, with the study area extending from Bremer Bay to Eucla. A community engagement strategy has been developed, including the establishment of a Community Reference Committee and Sector Advisory Groups, which Local Governments have the potential to become involved with.

Provision of Services for First Disconnected Microgrid
Western Power is seeking registrations of interest from potential suppliers for the first disconnected microgrid pilot in the Mid-West, Wheatbelt, or Great Southern regions. Towns in these Local Government Areas have relatively high power demands. 

In Other News...

Job Opportunity: Regional Climate Alliance Coordinator

The SCA is seeking a part-time Regional Climate Coordinator. Applications are due 1 November.
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Job Opportunity: Regional Climate Alliance Coordinator

GVROC are seeking a part-time Regional Climate Coordinator. Applications are due 4 November.
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Waterwise Program Offers Announced

Local Governments can now promote various waterwise offers for eligible councils for Perth, Peel, and regional areas.
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New Research Hub for Water Research and Practice

The Water Sensitive Cities Australia WA Hub will drive Perth's Waterwise transition and other water-focused projects, many involving Local Government.
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Management of Roadside Weeds

The Grains Research & Development Corporation has created new weed management fact sheets for roadside managers.
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Job Opportunity: Switch your Thinking! Officer

The City of Gosnells, City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale are jointly seeking a Program Officer for this sustainability initiative.
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Upcoming Events

Workshop: Identifying Collaborative Opportunities for WA Councils
Date: Tuesday, 23 November
Venue: Online
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iDriveWA: Towards Zero Emissions Future Transport Conference & Expo
Date: Thursday, 4 November
Venue: Perth Airport
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Webinar: Thinking Circular for Procurement and Waste
Date: 17 November
Venue: Virtual
WALGA Non-Metropolitan Waste Summit: Great Southern
Date: 11 & 12 November
Venue: Retravision Stadium Albany
Click here for Funding and Grants Opportunities

WALGA Environment Team Contacts  

A/ Environment Policy Manager - Garry Middle, 9213 2049
A/ Environment Policy Advisor - Jade Mains, 9213 2027
Environment Project Officer - Barbara Putica, 9213 2003
 Biodiversity and Natural Area Management Policy Advisor - Renata Zelinova, 9213 2521
Project Coordinator, Regional Climate Alliances - Gemma Cook, 9213 2009
Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer / Urban Forest Grant Facilitator -
Melanie Davies, 9213 2065
CoastWA Local Government Facilitator - Lucy Sheehy, 9213 2018
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