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.

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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:  WALGA interim submission

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 public comment period for the revised “Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2018-2030: Australia’s biodiversity conservation strategy and action inventory”closed on Friday, 16 March

WALGA coordinated a submission on behalf of the Local Government sector.  The submission recommends significant revision of the strategy to provide a strong national framework for biodiversity conservation, identify outcomes and set measurable targets, and commit adequate funding for implementation and monitoring of results.  WALGA's submission can be viewed here.

For further information, please contact Melanie Davies, Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer, or call 9213 2065.


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