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

Tuart Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain - Invitation to comment on draft Conservation Advice

The 'Tuart ( Eucalyptus gomphocephala) woodlands and forests of the Swan Coastal Plan' have been nominated for listing as a Threatened Ecological Community under the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  A draft Conservation Advice has been prepared, which provides advice on the eligibility for listing, description and key diagnostic characteristics, minimum condition classes for national protection, and priority conservation actions.  The draft Conservation Advice, Consultation Guide and indicative distribution map can be found on the Department of Environment and Energy's website here.  The documents are open for public consultation until Wednesday, 13 December.

WALGA is coordinating a submission on behalf of the Local Government sector, with comments sought by Friday, 1 December to the WALGA Environment Team.  An InfoPage that summarieses the key information contained in the draft Conservation Advice can be found here.  For further information, please contact Melanie Davies, Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer, or call 9213 2065.

Climate Change Policy Statement Review – Discussion Paper released for comment

Climate change is a key issue for Local Governments that impacts almost all aspects of their operations and responsibilities.  
WALGA is reviewing the existing Policy Statement on Climate Change, endorsed by State Council in 2009 to ensure it reflects the contemporary views of the sector and takes into account the significant scientific, technological and political developments that have occurred in that time.

WALGA has released a Discussion Paper and is seeking input from Local Government on key advocacy priorities for Local Government, and on the preferred content of the Policy Statement. Click here to view the paper.

Comment on the Discussion Paper is sought by Friday, 15 December to environment@walga.asn.au.
For further information, email Laura Simes, Environment Policy Advisor, lsimes@walga.asn.au  or call 9213 2049.