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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Launch of the WALGA Environment Platform

The WALGA  Environment Platform has been launched as 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

Sector comments sought on WALGA's draft submission on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 review

WALGA is calling for sector feedback on its draft submission of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) by COB Tuesday, 14 January.

A discussion paper has been released as an intended first step in the review process that will seek to identify those areas where reform will deliver the greatest benefit for the environment, business, and the community, while maintaining strong environmental standards.

Local Governments are encouraged to consider the discussion paper and provide comments on WALGA's draft submission by Tuesday, 14 January at 5pm. Please provide comments to environment@walga.asn.au.

Following feedback, the draft submission will be finalised for consideration by WALGA State Council.

WALGA also encourages Local Governments to submit their own submissions directly to the Department by Friday, 14 April  here.

For further information please contact Environment Policy Manager,  Nicole Matthews on 9213 2039.

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.

Local Governments wishing to provide comments should send to Nicole Matthews, Environment Policy Manager by Friday, 31 January.

For further information please contact Environment Policy Manager,  Nicole Matthews on 9213 2039.

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. 

For further information, contact Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer,  Melanie Davies on 9213 2065.

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.

For more information, please contact Environment Policy Officer, Jade Mains on 9213 2027.

Past WALGA Submissions

Climate Change submissions
Biodiversity submissions
Native Vegetation submissions
Biosecurity submissions
Water 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 it's  draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy