The WALGA Environmental Event Series are designed to meet the needs of the Local Government sector, and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and networking with other interested organisations on a range of relevant issues. WALGA also partners with other events of relevance to the sector. Approximately six events are held per year.

Upcoming events can be found here. Below you can find more information on past events and access event presentations:
 

Living Smart Behaviour Change Sessions

WALGA is hosting a free Living Smart sample course over two consecutive weeks in May, with Local Government staff from environment, sustainability, health and community development roles invited to attend as well as Elected Members. For more information or to register, click here.

Management of Roadside Vegetation

WALGA hosted the Management of Roadside Vegetation events in April in Margaret River, and in May in Northam. The events focused on ways to improve the management of roadsides to better protect vegetation, condition and resilience. Local Government case studies specific to each region demonstrated how the conservation of vegetation can be addressed during road planning and maintenance works. The presentation can be found below:

Measuring the Urban Forest Canopy

The joint WALGA and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) event held in February 2019. The event provided an overview of the technical aspects of data derived from the Urban Monitor, highlighting aspects that need to be considered when interpreting results of mapping and statistical analysis. Presentations were followed by a workshop session that explored the user experience of Urban Monitor data and derived geospatial applications, providing an opportunity to discuss any changes or additions to the current products. The presentations can be found below:

Weed Management

The WALGA Weed Management Event was held in February 2019, hosted by the City of South Perth.  The event focused on the overarching legislation and strategies that provide a framework for coordinated weed management in WA and Australia, the latest approaches in integrated weed management, and the risk assessment and liability considerations for chemical herbicide use. The presentations can be found below:

Prioritisation of Natural Areas for Management

The WALGA Prioritisation of  Natural Areas for Management Workshop was held in December 2018. The workshop focused on effective bushland management practices, exploring opportunities and benefits of collaborating and knowledge sharing across government, community groups and private landholders for more effective natural resource management. The presentations can be found below:

Renewable Technologies

The WALGA Renewable Technologies event was held in November 2018. The focus of the event was larger renewable technology projects, and emerging renewable technologies, and the opportunities these technologies provide for Local Governments to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions, increase amenity and improve service reliability. One recurring theme identified on the day was the need for WA electricity market reform to enable an accelerated energy transition, and to enable larger renewable energy projects in WA. The presentations can be found below:

Embedding Sustainability and Enabling Behaviour Change

At the WALGA Event on Embedding Sustainability and Enabling Behaviour Change in November 2018, presentations focused on mechanisms that can be used to embed sustainability within and across Local Government, as well as information on the underlying psychological principles of behaviour change. The presentations can be found below:

Wetland Management and Restoration

WALGA and Perth NRM jointly hosted an event on Wetland Management and Restoration in September 2018. The event focused on interventions to address wetland water quality issues, such as algal blooms and aquatic weeds, as well as successful wetland restoration techniques that have transformed degraded sites into thriving ecosystems. The presentations can be found below:

Sustainable Transport and Emerging Technologies

WALGA hosted an event on Sustainable Transport and Emerging Technologies in August 2018. The event provided information on integrated transport planning and how to deliver improved pedestrian and cycling environments for local communities. In the afternoon session, insights into electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell technology were provided. The presentations can be found below:

Tree Health and Resilience

WALGA hosted an event on Tree Health and Resilience in May 2018. Improving tree health and resilience is an essential component of retaining and increasing green space to provide for liveable communities, public health and local biodiversity. The event provided information on the latest research and management practices to ensure that urban forests are resilient to current and emerging threats, including a changing climate, pests and disease. The presentations can be found below:

Land Use Planning for Improved Environmental Outcomes

WALGA hosted an event on Land Use Planning for Improved Environmental Outcomes in February 2018. The event provided information on how Local Government can utilise the power of the Western Australian planning system to improve environmental outcomes during the land development process.  The presentations can be found below:

Improving the Water Quality of Waterways and Wetlands

The Shire of Collie hosted an event on Improving the Water Quality of Waterways and Wetlands in November 2017. The event provided information on initiatives that aim to improve the water quality of riverine, estuarine and wetland environments at the local and catchment scale. The presentations can be found below:

Citizen Science

WALGA hosted the Citizen Science event in September 2017, with former WA Chief Scientist and keynote speaker Professor Lyn Beazley being among the preseners. The event provided an overview of a range of citizen science programs, and demonstrated how scientists and local communities can work together to ensure ecological research informs policy development and increases environmental awareness. The presentations can be found below:

Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Preservation

At the Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Preservation event in August 2017, WA's Aboriginal Land and Sea Councils, the Department of Lands, Planning and Heritage, the Western Australian Ingidenous Tourism Operators Council, and the Local Governments of Perth, Swan and York presented information to assist Local Goverments engage with Aboriginal groups when planning and undertaking projects within their municipalities. The presentations can be found below:

Feral Animal Management

At the Feral Animal Management event in June 2017, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Murdoch University, WA Apiarists' Society, City of Stirling, WALGA and feral animal contractors presented information on research on current and emerging feral animal control issues and management techniques. The presentations can be found below:

Habitat Creation and Wildlife Corridors

At the Habitat Creation and Wildlife Corridors event in May 2017, the WA Biodiversity Science Institute, UWA, Perth NRM, the Water Corporation and the City of Perth presented on creating green spaces in the urban environment and assisting wildlife move through the landscape.  The presentations can be found below:

Bushfire Planning and Biodiversity Management

The Planning and Environment Policy Units hosted a Bushfire Planning and Biodiversity Management event in February 2017 in Perth, and in March 2017 in Busselton. The presentations can be found below: