The Local Biodiversity Program (LBP) originated when WALGA, the Federal Bushcare Program and various Perth Local Governments recognised the need to support Local Government biodiversity conservation.

The grant funded program ran from 2001 to 2014 under various names, all dedicated to helping Local Governments develop Local Biodiversity Strategies. Throughout its time the LPB provided Local Governments with expert and technical advice, data, and mapping to inform biodiversity planning and management, decision support tools and direct financial assistance.

Celebrating Thirteen Years of Action for Biodiversity describes the Local Biodiversity Program’s many achievements over the thirteen years of operation and the following tools and resources were developed under the LBP.

NAIA Templates and NAIA 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.

Guidelines for Bushland Management

This document was developed to help Local Governments to prioritise management actions for natural areas and to ensure that this management is 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.

Additional tools and resources include: 

  • Regional Framework for Local Biodiversity Conservation Priorities for Perth and Peel
  • Geraldton Regional Conservation Report
  • Indian Ocean Drive Report
  • How to Merge Local Biodiversity Strategies in Amalgamating Local Governments
  • How to Integrate Biosecurity Conservation into Local Strategies and Schemes
  • Best Practice Examples of Local Biodiversity Planning
  • Summary of WAPC Publications Relevant to Local Biodiversity Planning
  • Bird Surveys 2002-2006
  • Biodiversity Conservation Capacity of Perth’s Local Governments 2002
  • Biodiversity Conservation Capacity of Perth’s Local Governments 2007
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Information on Native Vegetation Mapping
  • 2013 Native vegetation on the Swan Coastal Plain
  • 2013 Native vegetation in the Jarrah Forest and Warren IBRA regions
  • 2010 Remnant Vegetation Extent by Vegetation Complexes (Spreadsheet)
  • 2010 Remnant Vegetation Extent by Vegetation Complexes (Document)
  • Perth Region Plant Biodiversity Reference
  • Targeted Grant Case Studies
  • Local Nature Spot Project Summary
  • Biodiversity Milestone Awards - Checklist and Recipients
For more information about the resources click here. If you would like to access a copy of these, email or call (08) 0213 2000.