WALGA Environmental Event Series

The WALGA Environmental Events are designed to meet the information needs of the Local Government sector, and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and networking with other interested organisations on a range of relevant issues. Approximately five events are held per year. Below you can find more information on the events and access event presentations.

Measuring the Urban Forest Canopy

The joint WALGA and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) event held on 28 February 2019 was attended by 80 Local and State Government Officers. Expert speakers included representatives from the DPHL, CSIRO, Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub, Australian Urban Design research Centre, Local Government and WALGA. 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, demonstrating various data used to measure urban tree canopy and it looked at ways of communicating the technical information to non-specialist stakeholders. 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 City of South Perth discussed how they use a variety of methods to control weeds, including supression planting, mulching, pelagnoic acid, steam treatment and synthetic chemicals.  Presenters outlined how to minimise the ecological impact of weeds by prioritising species according to their invasiveness and potential impacts on surrounding biodiversity values, as well consideration of the feasibility of control.  Several speakers noted that their underlying objective of weed control in natural areas is protection and restoration of diverse natural systems, rather than total eradication.   The City of South Perth also provided a steam treatment demonstration for aquatic and herbaceous weeds.  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, speakers included representattives from the Local Governments of Cockburn, Joondalup and Stirling, the Western Australian Biodiversity Scence Institure (WABSI), South Coast NRM, BirdLife Australia and WALGA. 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. Attendees also participated in a group workshop session discussing and providing feedback on how WALGA could improve the effectiveness of the Natural Area Initial Assessment (NAIA) process and how to extend the capabilities of WALGA's Environmental Planning Tool.  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. On the day, along with identifying opportunities that these technologies can offer for Local Governments, a number of presenters also highlighted hurdles that have been experienced by Local Government, business and community groups in implementing projects such as these. 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, speakers included representatives from the Local Governments of Fremantle, Canning and Melville, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Murdoch University, sociologists, not-for-profit community organisations and WALGA.  The event 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. Participants also attended a guided walk of the Zoo grounds to view the major landscaping and infrastructure projects that make the zoo a sustainable destination. 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.  Speakers included representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), Local Government Authorities of Cockburn and Bayswater, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL), Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group, and WALGA preferred suppliers.  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

At the WALGA event on Sustainable Transport and Emerging Technologies in August 2018, speakers included representatives from the Local Government Authorities of Perth, Melville, Cockburn, Canning and Albany, together with the Planning and Transport Research Centre (UWA), Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Western Power, CSIRO, RAC and the Heart Foundation.  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

At the WALGA event on Tree Health and Resilience in May 2018, speakers included representatives from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Main Roads WA, the Town of Claremont, WALGA Preferred Suppliers and our leading research institutions.  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

At the WALGA event on Land Use Planning for Improved Environmental Outcomes in February 2018, speakers included representatives from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Western Australian Planning Commission, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA) and Local Government.  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.  Expert speakers include representatives from the Shire of Collie, City of Busselton, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Water Corporation, South West Catchments Council, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare and WALGA Preferred Suppliers.  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

At the Citizen Science event in September 2017, former WA Chief Scientist and keynote speaker Professor Lyn Beazley was joined by experts from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, WA Biodiversity Science Institute, Conservation Council of WA, Northern Agricultural Catchment Council, Wheatbelt Science Hub, City of Mandurah, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia and WA Naturalists' Club.  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: