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

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.