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: 

For more information about the resources click here. If you would like to access a copy of these, email environment@walga.asn.au or call (08) 9213 2000.