Current Issues

EPA Review of Effectiveness of Advice for Planning Schemes not Assessed under the EP Act 1986

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has reviewed the content and effectiveness of advice provided for planning schemes not assessed under section 48A of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.  An InfoPage that summaries the key outcomes can be found here

The Office of the EPA are developing process improvements and resources to assist local governments implement the identified improvements.  A briefing will be held at WALGA in early 2017, please email environment@walga.asn.au to register your interest in attending this event.


Biosecurity Position and Recommendations Paper released for Local Government feedback

WALGA has released a draft Biosecurity Position and Recommendations Paper for comment by Local Government.


The purpose of this document is to:

  • outline WALGA’s existing and recommended future policy position on post border biosecurity;
  • summarise the sector's feedback to WALGA that underpins the recommended policy position;
  • provide a number of policy initiatives for the State Government to consider either independently or as part of the review of the BAM Act; and
  • provide a number of initiatibves considered beneficial to the overall governance and coordination of post border biosecurity under a 'shared responsibility', community based approach.
Local Government is invited to comment on WALGA's recommended draft policy position and the recommendations to the State Government before it is submitted to WALGA's State Council for its consideration. The closing date for comments is Tuesday, 17 January 2017


Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain – Endangered Status

The Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain were listed as an Endangered Ecological Community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 on 16 September 2016.

As a result, Local Governments need to consider the impacts of activities such as planning, infrastructure development and road maintenance on the ecological community and refer any actions likely to have a significant impact (direct or indirect) to the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) for assessment and compliance purposes. It is also a priority for land managers to protect and restore high quality Banksia Woodland remnants, and improve connectivity between patches.

WALGA is hosted a briefing by DoEE officers on the implications of the listing and related matters of interest on Wednesday, 30 November.  An InfoPage that summarises the key information and practical implications for Local Government can be found here.

Resources

Natural Area Management Network (NAMN) Forum

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 quarterly.

At the 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, the WA Museum and the City of Joondalup presented on Weed Management.  The presentations can be found below (please note that some were not provided with permission for upload).
At the NAMN Forum in August 2016, the Perth Zoo, DPaW and three Local Governments presented on Urban Fauna Management. Their 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 Local 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.