Environmental Resources

Natural Area Management Network (NAMN) Forums

The NAMN Forums are designed to educate and bring together Local and State Government Natural Area Managment staff, and other interested agencies and parties, on a range of relevant issues. The Forums are run approximately six times per year.


At the Citizen Science NAMN Forum in September 2017, former WA Chief Scientist and keynote speaker Professor Lyn Beazley was joined by experts from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, WA Biodiversity Science Institute, Conservation Council of WA, Northern Agricultural Catchment Council, Wheatbelt Science Hub, City of Mandurah, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia and WA Naturalists' Club.  The event provided an overview of a range of citizen science programs, and demonstrated how scientists and local communities can work together to ensure ecological research informs policy development and increases environmental awareness.  The presentations can be found below:  

At the Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Preservation Forum in August 2017, WA's Aboriginal Land and Sea Councils, the Department of Lands, Planning and Heritage, the Western Australian Ingidenous Tourism Operators Council, and the Local Governments of Perth, Swan and York presented information to assist Local Goverments engage with Aboriginal groups when planning and undertaking projects within their municipalities.  The presentations can be found below:


At the Feral Animal Management NAMN Forum in June 2017, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Murdoch University, WA Apiarists' Society, City of Stirling, WALGA and feral animal contractors presented information on research on current and emerging feral animal control issues and management techniques.  The presentations can be found below:


At the Habitat Creation and Wildlife Corridors NAMN Forum in May 2017, the WA Biodiversity Science Institute, UWA, Perth NRM, the Water Corporation and the City of Perth presented on creating green spaces in the urban environment and assisting wildlife move through the landscape.  The presentations can be found below:


The Planning and Environment Policy Units hosted a Bushfire Planning and Biodiversity Management Forum in February 2017 in Perth, and in March 2017 in Busselton. The presentations can be found below:


At the Weed Management NAMN Forum in November 2016, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Roadside Conservation Committee, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority presented on weed control methods and measuring the ecological and economic impact of weed control efforts.  The presentations can be found below:
At the Urban Fauna Management NAMN Forum in August 2016, the Perth Zoo, DPaW and three Local Governments presented on managing fauna in urban areas. The presentations can be found below.

NAIA Templates and Database

Four Natural Area Initial Assessment (NAIA) templates were developed to help Local Governments assess site-specific ecological values, biodiversity significance and threats.  The templates mean data collection and assessment is consistent with regional scientific standards.

A database is available for Local Governments to store the data they collected using the NAIA Templates

Biodiversity Planning Guidelines for Local Governments

This document was developed to help Local Governments plan for the retention, protection and management of local biodiversity. Local Governments will follow a four-phase local biodiversity planning process resulting in the preparation of a Local Biodiversity Strategy.  

The Local Biodiversity Strategy will then guide:
  • A local planning policy for biodiversity conservation;
  • An action plan for managing biodiversity on Local Government land;
  • A strategy to provide incentives for conservation on private land; and
  • An amendment of the local planning strategy and town planning scheme.

Local Government Guidelines for Bushland Management

This document helps Local Governments to prioritise management actions for natural areas and to ensure that this management in line with biodiversity principles. By prioritising local reserves for management actions, Local Governments will:
  • Manage natural areas for long-term sustainability;
  • Justify funding requests on the basis of sound biodiversity conservation principles; and
  • Use resources effectively.

Environment and Sustainability Facts and Figures

The L ocal Government Environment and Sustainability report, produced by WALGA, aims to provide a snapshot of current environmental Local Laws and Policies that Local Governments have in place. It is intended that this report will be repeated on an annual basis, so WALGA can build a time series and monitor trends across the sector.

Past Environment Submissions

This document outlines all past Environment and Climate Change submissions.