As land managers, service providers and government regulators, Local Government plays an important role in seeking to balance infrastructure and community needs with environmental conservation and sustainability. WALGA produces a number of resources which are aimed at assisting Local Governments find this balance whilst managing native vegetation in their area. The following resources are available:
Road Reserve Asset Management Plan (RRAMP)
This resource helps Local Governments to balance native vegetation management within road reserves with road infrastructure upgrade and maintenance.
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
Guidelines for Bushland Management
The Guidelines for Bushland Management 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.
Environmental Planning Tool (EPT)
The Environmental Planning Tool is a mapping and data analysis tool designed to help Local Government decision making.