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.


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:


Weed Management

At the Weed Management event in November 2016, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Roadside Conservation Committee, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority presented on weed control methods and measuring the ecological and economic impact of weed control efforts.  The presentations can be found below:


Urban Fauna Management

At the Urban Fauna Management event in August 2016, the Perth Zoo, DPaW and three Local Governments presented on managing fauna in urban areas. The presentations can be found below.