WALGA’s Environmental and Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 8 - August 2021

IPCC 'State of the Planet' Report Released

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their 6th report this week confirming current commitments fall short of the action needed to avoid warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. Image Source: @wmarwick

Local Government Weed Control Treatment Survey

WALGA is collecting information on the cost and effectiveness of chemical and alternaitve weed control methods by Local Government.
Image Source: City of Joondalup

WALGA Aboriginal Forum - 'Doyntj Doyntj - Come Together'

WALGA invites you to attend the annual forum featuring Aboriginal engagement methods, place naming, employment programs, Reconciliation Action Planning and much more. Click here.
 (Image credit Steven Jacobs, City of Rockingham) 

WALGA Annual Convention Officer Sessions

Local Government Officers are invited to attend a selection of events at the upcoming WALGA Annual Convention.
Image Source: Cedar Woods, Bushmead Estate

Climate Leadership by Local Government in the News

Local Governments across Perth featured in ABC's media coverage on Council leadership on climate action.
Video Source: Town of Victoria Park

Cities Power Partnership Round Tables

Cities Power Partnership will deliver their biannual Round Tables in WA later this year and are asking for your input to shape the agenda.

Sector Spotlight

Bayswater Storm Drain Site Transformed

The City of Bayswater is transforming a storm drainage site into a natural habitat for wildlife.
Cockburn's Platinum Push Behind Waterwise Verges
As a 2021 Platinum Waterwise Council, Cockburn joins the Water Corporation to Green Neighbourhoods.

City Helps to Green Local School

The City of Subiaco helped a local primary school with their planting day, planting 60 trees and supplying 550 native plants.

Flood Aware. Be Prepared.

The EMRC, with six participating Councils, raising flood awareness in Perth's Eastern Region.

State & Federal Updates

National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy Consultation Open
Consultation on the Commonwealth NCRAS is open with a very limited window for feedback. WALGA will be putting together a submission aligned with WALGA's Climate Change Policy Statement. Local Governments can also provide feedback directly via the Commonwealth's survey here by Monday 6 September.

Albany Investment to Advance New Wave of Rewnewable Technology 
The first commercial Ocean Wave Energy Market Demonstration Site in the southern hemisphere is a step closer with the State Government contributing $1.55 million towards the collaborative project.

WA Accelerates Towards Longest EV Fast Charging Network
Western Australia will soon be home to the longest electric highway in Australia with the Government announcing 45 locations that will make up the EV fast charging network.

Waterwise Greening Opportunities on offer for Local Government
The State Government is encouraging Local Governments and residents to take advantage of Water Corporation's Waterwise Greening Scheme to help create cooler, greener suburbs.

$2 Million Boost to Kickstart Hydrogen Gas Blending
The McGowan Government is pushing ahead on its target to blend renewable hydrogen in the natural gas network with a $2 million grant for a major capital works project

$15.1 Million to Strengthen WA's Biosecurity Capabilities
The funding will be provided to DPIRD over four years to enhance early warning and detection systems, boost biosecurity emergency preparedness, and build response capacity and capability.

Community Gardens Grants Program 2021/22
The Department of Communities is currently seeking applications for the Community Gardens Grants for 2021/2022.

Solid Futures Aboriginal Traineeship Program
Applications for interested agencies and trainees for 2022 open on 30 August and close on 1 October 2021. 

In Other News...

2021 National Climate Awards Open

The Awards recognise the work of climate heros in Local Government across ten different categories. Applications are now open until 13 September. More information on the awards and submissions process can be found here.

The European Wasp Wipe Out!

After successive and challenging European wasp seasons, Western Australia can breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate some spectacular results.

A Design for Community Capacity

Perth NRM has launched its 2021 Community Capacity Assessment Project to enhance the valuable work of Friends of Groups. Image Source: Perth NRM

Polishing Up A Rare Gem

The Turquoise Coast has a new cross-regional coastal management group.

Upcoming Events

WALGA Local Government Planning Showcase
Date: Tuesday, 21 September
Venue: Crown Perth
WALGA Aboriginal Forum - 'Doyntj Doyntj - Come Together'
Date: Wednesday, 22 September
Venue: Crown Perth
National Tree Symposium by TreeNet
Date: 2-3 September
Venue: Virtual

CCWA Annual Conference
Date: Friday, 24 September
Venue: Bendat Community Centre

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage Forum
Date: 29 Sep - 1 Oct
Venue: Virtual
NWW Water Industry Night
Date: Thursday, 2 September
Venue: Wharf Street Basin

The Biodiversity Conference 2021
Date: 15-17 September
Venue: Perth

Mandjoogoodrap: Changing Tides Conference
Date: 28 - 30 September
Venue: City of Mandurah
Click here for Funding and Grants Opportunities

WALGA Environment Team Contacts  

A/ Environment Policy Manager - Garry Middle, 9213 2049
Environment Policy Officer - Jade Mains, 9213 2027
 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
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