WALGA undertakes both policy and projects covering a range of environmental issues, creates awareness about specific environmental issues and provides resources to support Local Government Officers and Elected Members.


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WALGA Environment Platform

The WALGA  Environment Platform is an online hub for the Local Government Sector to network, share information and build capacity in Environment and Sustainability issues. The Platform provides networking groups for Elected Members, Officers and LGmap users.

Current Issues

Changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) 

In November last year, the changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) went through parliament and were given assent to by the Governor. WALGA has prepared a report that provides the details of the changes of most relevance to Local Government. In summary, the changes include

  • Changes to the assessment of proposals and schemes by the EPA including establishing a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth for joint assessments and approvals;

  • Introducing cost recovery for EPA assessments;

  • Changes to the clearing permuting process; and

  • Changes to licensing, notably a shift from licensing premise to licensing activities

The report also provides an analysis of the changes against WALGA’s submission on the draft Bills introduced early in 2020.
All inquiries on this document should be directed to Garry Middle, A/Manager Environment Policy on  9213 2049.

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) releases draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guideline

The EPA has released a draft Environmental Factor Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions after a 12 week consultation period during which almost 7000 submissions were received, including a submission from WALGA that was endorses by WALGA State Council on 6 September 2019.

The draft guideline requires proponents of major greenhouse gas emitting projects to show how they can reasonably and practicable avoid, reduce and offset emissions to contribute to the State's aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050.

The draft guideline has been provided to the EPA's Stakeholder Reference Group, of which WALGA is a member, for a further round of feedback with a focus on new information that should be considered in finalising the guideline.

The EPA intends to release the final guideline in March 2020.

Tuart Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain Listed as Critically Endangered by the Australian Government

The ‘Tuart ( Eucalyptus gomphocephala) woodlands and forests of the Swan Coastal Plain’ have been listed as Critically Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, effective as of 4 July 2019. Listing means that any activity likely to have a significant impact on the ecological community needs to be referred to the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy for assessment and approval. 

The Approved Conservation Advice provides information on how to identify areas of Tuart woodlands and forests that are protected under national environmental law, and the priority research and conservation actions. The conservation advice is available on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website.

WALGA has put together an InfoPage, which identifies the 20 Local Governments currently known to contain the Tuart woodlands and forests, summarises the key diagnostic characteristics for vegetation to be considered as part of the ecological community, and highlights the priority conservation actions. 

Sustainability Comparative Analysis Report

WALGA and the City of Perth have collaborated to put together a summary report looking at a number of the leading global sustainability frameworks available to Local Government in driving their sustainability programs.   

In approaching sustainability, Local Governments need to align their work against clear and robust frameworks. There are several sustainability frameworks that allow for this, with added benefits of benchmarking and mainstreaming sustainability across organisations.

The report reviews and analyses five frameworks that have been adopted within the sector to assess their suitability for driving sustainability organisation-wide within Local Government.

What is clear when looking at frameworks, is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for any Local Government across the board. In considering the adoption of a framework it is vital that an organisation assess their own unique and context specific requirements so that any approach can be deeply embedded and become a part of the organisations identity.

Past WALGA Submissions

Submission to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on Modernising the Environmental Protection Act 1986 .
Submission to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on its  draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

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