WALGA undertakes both policy and projects covering a range of environmental issues, creates awareness about specific environmental issues and provides resources to support Local Government Officers and Elected Members.

Key Policy Areas and Projects

Current Issues

Comments sought on WALGA Draft Climate Change Policy Statement

Following on from WALGA’s release of the Climate Change Policy Statement Discussion Paper , WALGA has now produced a draft revised WALGA Climate Change Policy
WALGA received a total of 26 responses in response to the Climate Change Policy Statement Discussion Paper. Roughly half were individual responses (some officers, some councillors) and the other half were responses endorsed by the Local Government. Responses were overwhelmingly supportive of producing a strong policy statement, that reflects the scientific consensus, international developments (e.g. the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals) and most importantly, the fact that Local Governments are already experiencing climate change, and taking mitigation and adaptation action.
Councillors, CEOs and Local Government Officers are encouraged to consider the draft Climate Change Policy Statement and provide any comments by cob Tuesday 24 April to Laura Simes (Environment Policy Advisor,  lsimes@walga.asn.au).
After input has been received and considered, the draft Policy Statement will be submitted to State Council for its approval or comment. If endorsed by State Council, it will provide the basis for WALGA’s climate change advocacy plan, which will be developed in consultation with the sector and further detail how WALGA will promote and prosecute Local Governments’ key climate change priorities over the next few years.

Australia's Strategy for Nature 2018 - 2030:  open for public comment

In November 2017, Australian, State and Territory Environment Ministers agreed to revise “Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: 2010- 2030” based on the findings of a review into the first five years of the strategy’s implementation. The revised “Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2018-2030: Australia’s biodiversity conservation strategy and action inventory” is open for public comment until Friday, 16 March

WALGA’s preliminary position is that the strategy requires significant revision to provide a strong national framework for biodiversity conservation, identify priority actions, set measurable targets, and commit adequate funding for implementation and monitoring of results. 

WALGA is coordinating a submission on behalf of the Local Government sector, with comments sought by Friday, 2 March.  An Infopage has been developed to assist Local Government provide feedback .  Comments from all Local Governments are encouraged to strengthen the strategy's ability to drive action and halt Australia's ongoing decline in biodiversity.  For further information, please contact Melanie Davies, Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer, or call 9213 2065.

Tuart Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain - WALGA Submission on draft Conservation Advice

WALGA has completed an interim submission on the proposed listing of the ‘Tuart Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain’ as a Threatened Ecological Community under the Commonwealth’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  The interim submission can be viewed here, together with the Infopage sent to the sector seeking comment prior to the closing date of Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The submission is based on advice received from Local Government members.  It supports national protection for the estimated remaining 14% of the original extent of the ecological community.  It recommends up-to-date maps of vegetation extent, revision of key diagnostic characteristics and recommended buffer zones, and further funding opportunities to assist land managers identify and protect tuart woodlands.  For further information, please contact Melanie Davies, Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer, or call 9213 2065.