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EnviroNews
February 2017
WALGA
Issue 2

In this issue:

Events and funding opportunities:

Win for the Environment and its Volunteers
In October 2016, the City of Armadale signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City’s environmental volunteers to create a permanent Environment Centre at the Armadale Settlers Common Field Study Centre.

This is a win for all parties. The Environmental Centre creates a ‘spiritual home’ for the different groups to meet and discuss important environmental issues and the groups manage their own bookings for the use of the facility. It also provides an opportunity for the groups to have an environmental library, herbarium, a central repository for their various awards and a location to display environmental awareness material.
For more information directly relating to the City of Armadale Environment Centre, please contact the City’s Environment Department on 9394 5000.  
Omeo my-oh! Artificial Reefs Ahoy!
The historic Omeo shipwreck, lodged in shallow water 25m off Coogee Beach since 1905, is home to some spectacular marine life.


The colourful marine life at Coogee’s Omeo wreck. Picture: Wade & Robyn Hughes.
The City of Cockburn will soon celebrate the installation of 33 fibre reinforced concrete reef modules around the wreck to encourage more marine species so snorkelers and divers can witness the wonder for themselves.
 
Coogee Maritime Trail will be declared open at the inaugural Salty Fest – a free family event - on Sunday, 26 February in North Coogee.

The City has established a research partnership with The University of Western Australia for ongoing monitoring of the expected changes in fish, invertebrate and other marine life at the 230m long artificial reef.
For more information, email City of Cockburn Sustainability Officer Mel Bainbridge or call (08)9411 3444 or click here.
Save the Date: 2017 State NRM and Coastal Conference
The last week of August will see Natural Resource Management (NRM) and coastal professional and community peers gather together for the first time at a dedicated conference.


Picture: Academics, professionals and community volunteers coming together for the 2015 State NRM Conference.
Separate conferences were previously held every two years, and in 2017 will be held as a combined conference for the first time. The conference will see professional and networking opportunities for members of both sectors.
 
Co-hosted by the State NRM Program and NRM WA, and supported by the Western Australian Planning Commission, the conference will be held at Curtin University’s Bentley campus in Perth.
 
The program will include presentation of the 2017 Landcare Awards and WA Coastal Awards of Excellence.
 
2017 State NRM and Coastal Conference: week commencing Monday, 28 August, Perth.
Click here for more information about the conference and to register for email updates.
Environmental Planning Tool Training
Free training on how to make the most of WALGA’s online EPT and its updated functions.
When:   Thursday, 30 March
Time:    10:00am - 1:00pm
Where:  Wattle Room, WALGA, ONE70, LV1,170 Railway Parade, West
              Leederville WA 6007
RSVP:   By Thursday, 23 March via email.

Local Government EPT users are invited to send in an Expression of Interest (EOI) in attending a free training session. These sessions run from 10:00 am till 12:30pm but can be extended till 2:00 pm if required.

The training session can be tailored to the specific needs of participants. It will focus on demonstrating the updated reporting functionality for desktop assessments for vegetation clearing applications and the expanded drawing and data import/export capabilities. Training participants are encouraged to bring along specific projects and will learn how to use the EPT to deliver them.
Any further questions regarding the EPT are to be directed to the Business Development Officer (Environmental Planning Tool), Renata Zelinova.
Mindarie Regional Council Earth Carer Program
Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) is holding a free Earth Carer course on 'waste - associated problems and possibilities'.
The course is five sessions over three weeks and includes tours and site visits, information sessions, domestic organic waste ideas, what others are doing and how to apply the message. All course materials, travel and meals are free. We just want people to know about waste!
 
Participants find the course stimulating, depressing, interesting, overwhelming and inspiring - often all at the same time. The course offers assistance for people who want to apply their knowledge at home, workplace, school, or beyond.
 
MRC has responsibility for waste in seven council areas including the Cities of Joondalup, Perth, Stirling, Vincent and Wanneroo, and the Towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park.  Whilst preference is given to participants from these areas we will consider persons from outside these areas if places are available. The limit is 40 participants per course.
 
The next course is starting Tuesday, 7 March.
Further information about the course can be found on the website. Click here for timetable and registrations.
Healthy Wildlife = Healthy Communities
A community engagement exercise found that messages encouraging people to change the way they interact with native wildlife to reduce harm, underpinned with education, are most likely to resonate with the community.


Unnatural behaviour by Kangaroos hoping to get a pub feed.
The exercise was conducted for the ‘Healthy Wildlife, Healthy Lives’ – A One Health Project, a partnership with the EMRC and Murdoch University's School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, supported by Lotterywest.
 
The exercise revealed that the majority of people know you can harm wildlife by overfeeding them or providing unhealthy food. Out of 953 participants, nearly 17% didn’t know they could spread disease to wildlife, 152 people left food out for wildlife, 52 people hand fed them and 62 people left pet food where wildlife could access it (usually unintentionally).
These messages will be used on the Healthy Wildlife website, to be launched on World Wildlife Day in March. For further information email Catherine Nind or call (08) 9424 2212.
Improving the Quality of Runoff to the River Collie
The Shire of Collie, as part of a wider project to improve the quality of the Collie River, engaged 360 Environmental to design a bio-filtration system at Energy West to treat stormwater runoff prior to releasing into the river.

The conceptual design took into consideration hydraulic modelling and species selection. This ensured the system retained the first 15mm of rainfall while also managing larger flows and treated water using appropriate planting. The plant species proposed were chosen for their dual abilities to remove nutrients from the runoff while also being hardy enough to flourish through a WA summer. 

By replacing the existing drain with an online swale and bio‑filtration basin, the design provided both water quality treatment and conveyance to the Collie River.  Within the basin a combination of rock armouring to slow flow and encourage settling and planting to encourage infiltration was used to improve water quality.
For more information, email Justine Jones or call (08) 9388 8360 or visit the 360 Environmental website.
Carpobrotus Conundrum
Coastal Pigface (Carpobrotus virescens) is a commonly occurring native succulent found along the south west coastline and is a popular species used in coastal restoration projects across the region.


SNEC volunteers Georgina Lambert and Walter Kolb.
The non-native Pigface (Carpobrotus edulis), originally from South Africa, has established populations across the south west and continues to create significant management issues in many other parts of the world.

Investigations from field observations during on-ground work by Stirling Natural Environment (SNEC) Coastcare indicate some revegetation stock from Nurseries has been C. edulis, and the hybrid rather than C. virescens. This issue raises concerns requiring due diligence by propagators when collecting seeds and vegetative material of Caropobrotus until more is known about its identification.

Due to these issues it is recommended that the precautionary principle is utilised when considering the use of Carpobrotus species for revegetation and landscaping.

Citizen science field work has confirmed complexities in identification of C. virescens and SNEC is withholding use of Carpobrotus in project areas until more certainty is established. City of Stirling is closely observing queries regarding Carpobrotus and is supportive of more investigation. Further research is currently being conducted, liaising with CSIRO and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.
For more information, call Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare Convener, Rae Kolb on (08) 9447 5996.
Information and Tools for Coastal Adaptation
If you are working on issues related to Climate Change adaptation on the coast, such as sea level rises and erosion, check out CoastAdapt.
CoastAdapt is an information and decision support system, offering tools, mapping, case studies and information sheets, synthesis reports and much more. It is funded by the Commonwealth Government and produced by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and is currently in available beta, with the final product expected to be released in the next few months.
 
CoastAdapt includes the discussion forum CoastExchange (here), where users can register and join in discussions and information sharing on climate change adaptation issues. The forum includes a once a month “Ask an Expert” thread, where users can post their curly questions and have them answered by an expert panel.
The call is currently out for February submissions to “Ask an Expert” here.  The deadline for this month's "Ask an Expert" questions is Tuesday, 28 February.
Funding for Waterwise Verges
As part of our Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme, Water Corporation is offering funding to Waterwise Councils that actively encourage their ratepayers to create waterwise verge gardens.

For councils offering ratepayers a rebate or incentive to create a waterwise verge, Water Corporation will match that contribution, up to a total of $10,000 a year.

Verges form important greenspaces in our communities, helping with urban cooling and creating ecological corridors through our streetscapes.

To be eligible, councils must be endorsed as a Waterwise Council, promote a verge policy consistent with our guidelines, and offer a program to their ratepayers as an incentive to create a low water use verge garden.

Water Corporation also have a range of resources and guidelines available to assist and support councils to establish a waterwise verge incentive or rebate scheme.
For more information, including how to become a Waterwise Council, please email the Water Efficiency team.
A Global Compendium of Weeds
The third, and final edition of A Global Compendium of Weeds has just been published by Rod Randall from the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.
The original and continuing reason to publish this data is to assist people who work with, or are affected by plants, to make decisions about weedy or potentially weedy plants.
 
This publication is targeted at people who introduce, distribute, sell or grow plants, people who need to respond to reports of incursions or those who may generate the report. It should be used by farmers, pastoralists, home and hobbyist growers, production and retail nurseries, people involved with plants at any level of government and any and all volunteers who work with the environment and plants.

This is why the data is presented in Genus species order, rather than the more conventional Family, Genus species order. Once a user has determined the scientific name of their problematic plant it’s a very simple matter to find its listing.
Click here to download the manual.
Upcoming Events
WA Health, Energy and Climate Change Symposium
Date:
Saturday, 25 February 8:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: The Education Building, Fiona Stanley Hospital, 11 Robin Warren Drive

Great Cocky Count
Date: Sunday, 9 April at sunset
Venue: A cockatoo 'night roost' near you

Fertilise Wise Fertiliser Training
Date: Tuesday, 11 April 8:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Canning River Eco Education Centre

Living Landscapes Conference
Date: Thursday, May 11
Venue: Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, 48 Canning Road, Kalamunda

i-Tree Masterclass 2017
Date: Monday, 13 March and Tuesday, 14 March 8:15am to 5:00pm
Venue: Cliftons Conference Centre

Management of Building Sediment in the Swan Region
Date:
Tuesday, 21 March 9:15am to 12:00pm
Venue: The Garvey Park Community Recreational Facility, Ascot Kayak Club

Earth Hour
Date: Saturday, 25 March, 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time
Venue: Worldwide

Bush Skills for the Hills: Quenda Quest- Ecology, Habitat and Health
Date: Saturday, 25 March 10:00am to 2:00pm
Venue: Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, 120 Gilchrist Rx, Lesmurdie

Sharing Experiences in Environmental Practice Workshop
Date: Friday, 26 May
Venue: Leederville Oval (Medibank Stadium), 246 Vincent Street, Leederville

Bush Skills for the Hills: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful
Date: Saturday, 22 April 9:30am to 11:30am
Venue: Bugle Tree Gully Park, Corner of Steven St and Thornbury Cl, Mundaring

Bush Skills for the Hills: Cultural Workshop
Date: Saturday, 29 May 9:30am to 11:30am
Venue: Walyunga National Park
Funding Opportunities
Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program 2017/18
Applications close noon, Tuesday, 21 March.
The Coastal Management Program (CMPAP) grants are provided by the Western Australian Planning Commission to implement and enhance State Planning Policy 2.6- State Coastal Planning Policy (SPP2.6). CMPAP grants support coastal land managers to develop adaptation plans and strategies for coastal areas that are, or are predicted to become, under pressure from a variety of challenges.

South West Community Engagement and Capacity Grants
Expressions of Interest are now being sought for the South West Community Engagement and Capacity Grants Program, coordinated by the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme (NLP). This funding is designed to support Local Government and community groups to undertake NRM and Landcare community engagement activities within the South West NRM Region.

Contact Sharon Upston on 9724 2421 for more details or email for an Expression of Interest form.

State NRM Community Capability Grant
Applications close noon AWST on Monday, 29 May
The purpose of the Community Capability Grants is to support volunteers to improve their capability to undertake on-ground work and to improve the governance and management performance of their community-based organisations.

Eligible organisations are encouraged to apply for the Community Capability Grant Small 2016 round for grants up to $10,000 with a time frame of up to 12 months.
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West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
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