WALGA’s Environmental and Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 4 - April 2021

Lessons from the 2021 Urban Forest Conference

On 27 November 2020, WALGA, in conjunction with the Local Government Urban Forest Working Group, hosted what is hoped to be the first conference of many focusing on improving urban tree canopy in Western Australia. Trees in a Liveable City Conference covered many issues faced by Local Government and others seeking to increase tree canopy in urban areas. 

Presentations and panel discussions provided useful insights into opportunities for overcoming challenges of growing healthy urban forests and achieving desired canopy targets. Attendees had an opportunity to participate in a technical workshop that aimed to define criteria for tree selection for varied urban settings. A summary report of all the presentations from the day has been compiled by WALGA and can be found on the website.
More here on some of the most popular presentations from the day and what topics and actions were identified as future priorities for the sector.

Resource Support for Local Governments Impacted by Ex-TC Seroja

WALGA is seeking Expressions of Interest from Local Government staff to assist these Local Governments over the coming months. Photo Credit: DFES

2022 State NRM and Coastal Conference

After a delay in 2021, expressions of interest were received from three bidders to host the next conference in September 2022 with the successful applicant being...

Council Takes Out First Place in Sustainability Award Two Years Running

The Sunshine Coast Council has taken out the Banksia Sustainability Award two years running. Read more.
Photo Credit: J.Hill

Urban Forest Loss on Private Land - A Sociocultural Perspective

The Local Government Urban Forest Working Group were recently presented with research looking at the drivers that lead to either tree removal or retention on private land.

Sector Spotlight

Trees Future Secured From Seed

The City of Bayswater are collecting seeds in an effort to preserve their genetic biodiversity. More here.

Keeping our Waterways Healthy

The City of Swan takes action to protect its waterways.

Help Save Perth's Freshwater Turtle

A successful citizen science project in the City of Cockburn is appealing for collaboration partners.

Wharf Street Basin - Waterwise Park

The City of Canning converted a once fenced-off drainage basin into a thriving oasis, providing habitat for wildlife. More.

State & Federal Updates

Electric Solar Survey
Building and Energy, the Western Australian Electrical Regulator, is undertaking a survey to gain better understanding of the community's experience with the solar industry. Complete the survey here.

In Other News...

Citizen Scientists Helping to Conserve Endangered Western Ringtail Possums

The South West community are helping to gather data in the 7th Ringtail Tally being held from 10 April to 9 May.

Drone Induction Training for Environment Teams

Rangelands NRM has developed a Drone Induction Course in conjunction with The Institute for Drone Technology.

South West Group Seeks Support for Local Cat Law Effectiveness

The South West Group are undertaking a 2 year research project to determine the effectiveness of local cat laws. Interested Local Governments click here.

Upcoming Events

WALGA LG Information Session: Environmentally Sustainable Design for Buildings

Date: Thursday, 20 May
Venue: WALGA

New WAter Ways Industry Night
Date: Thursday, 6 May
Venue: Wharf Street Basin, City of Canning

WA Turf Seminar and Trade Expo
Date: Wednesday, 5 May
Venue: Beckenham, WA
Aquatic Weed Management Training
Date: Various dates over the year
Venue: Canning River Eco Education Centre

Waterwise Native Garden Workshop
Date: Saturday, 8 May
Venue: Murray Library
Click here for Funding and Grants Opportunities

WALGA Environment Team Contacts  

Environment Policy Manager - Nicole Matthews, 9213 2039
Environment Policy Advisor - Garry Middle, 9213 2049
Environment Policy Officer - Jade Mains, 9213 2027
LGmap Business Development Officer - 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
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