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EnviroNews
July 2019
WALGA
Issue 7

In this issue:

Events, funding opportunities and resources:

Welcome to the July Edition of EnviroNews
Each month the WALGA Environment Team will feature an article on current issues or news relevant to the Local Government sector. This month, the focus is on Biosecurity.
Biosecurity is a significant issue for the Local Government Sector across the state. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has made a number of announcements in respect to Biosecurity in the past few months, as well as announcing the review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) in early 2020.

To read more, click here.
For more information, please contact the WALGA Environment Team.
WALGA Event: Pest Animal Biosecurity Management
The event will provide an overview of the current biosecurity governance structures at Commonwealth and State level, and the latest research and development in control methods to assist on-ground programs.
Date:      Thursday, 22 August
Time:      8:45am to 3:15pm
Venue:    Aloft Hotel Perth

The Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports, will open the event with a keynote address.

Expert speakers include representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Biosecurity Council, WA Biodiversity Science Institute, the Local Governments of Cockburn and Bunbury, Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association, and the Lake Muir Denbarker Community Feral Pig Eradication Group.

Click here to view the program or to register.
For more information, please contact WALGA's Environment Team on (08) 9213 2027.
Local Government Forum: Building Positive Partnerships with Aboriginal Communities
This forum will provide information to assist Local Governments to develop strong, ongoing relationships with local Aboriginal communities that recognise our shared cultural heritage, build community capacity and celebrate successes. 
Date:       Tuesday, 6 August
Time:       9:00am to 3:30pm (Registration from 8:30am)
Venue:     Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

Expert speakers include Dr Richard Walley OAM; CEO of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, Wayne Nannup; CEO of Reconciliation WA, James Back and more. The program will showcase collaborative projects being undertaken by Aboriginal communities and the Local Governments of Halls Creek, Broome, Northam, Melville, Bunbury and Albany.

The forum will focus on meaningful engagement processes, Reconciliation Action Planning in Local Government, employment and procurement, truth telling, cultural interpretation, and incorporating traditional ecological knowledge in land management.

Register by Tuesday, 30 July. Click here to register.
For more information, contact Marketing and Events Officer, Anthea Astone on (08) 9213 2010.
WALGA Workshop: Management of Road Reserves
WALGA will host a workshop on the Management of Road Reserves in the Shire of Dardanup on Thursday, 15 August.
Local Governments are responsible for 127,708km of local roads, representing 86.5 percent of Western Australia’s road network. Managing these roads is complex. Not only must Local Governments ensure that roads are maintained for the safety and amenity of the public, they must also seek to protect the important environmental values of roadside vegetation.
 
This workshop will provide practical information on the management of road reserves, including when and how to apply for a clearing permit, how to plan operations to minimise the impact on native vegetation, and demonstrations of recommended pruning techniques. 

The workshop is designed for Local Government works managers, environment and NRM Officers, and on-ground operators.

Further information on the program is available on the WALGA website.
Please register for this workshop by emailing the WALGA Environment Team. Registrations close Thursday, 1 August.
Environmental Planning Tool (EPT) Update
New datasets and tools added to the EPT.
The latest scheduled EPT data update has been released and covers nearly thirty updated datasets and several new mapping layers, as well as new tools and reporting options.

Click here to read more.
For more information, contact Business Development Officer (Environmental Planning Tool), Renata Zelinova on (08) 9213 2521.
Local Government Coastal Hazard Planning Issues Paper – Final Draft for Input
WALGA and the Local Government Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaption Planning Forum (LGCHRMAP) has prepared a draft Issues Paper which is now available to the broader sector for input.
The draft Issues Paper uses scenarios to highlight key issues which need resolving, to enable Local Governments to effectively carry out responsibilities made by SPP 2.6. The final Issues Paper will be presented to WALGA's State Council for noting in September 2019.

WALGA encourages Local Government to provide comments by 5:00pm, Wednesday, 31 July to the Planning Team.

The draft Issues Paper is available here.
For more information, contact Planning Project Officer, Ashley Robb on (08) 9213 2073.
Environmental Protection Authority Greenhouse Gas Guidelines: Comments Sought
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting submissions on guidelines setting out how it should consider greenhouse emissions when assessing significant proposals in Western Australia.
WALGA has prepared a draft submission to the EPA, available here. The draft submission is broadly supportive of the proposed guidelines, being consistent with the WALGA Climate Change Policy Statement.

WALGA encourages Local Government Elected Members and Officers to provide input or comments on the draft submission by Monday, 29 July. Local Governments can also make submissions directly to the EPA by Monday, 2 September.

To provide input into WALGA's submission, email the Environment Team. WALGA's InfoPage on the guidance is available here.
For further information, email Environment Policy Advisor, Laura Simes on (08) 9213 2049.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is currently undertaking consultation on the draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
The draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy details the Department's approach to ensuring compliance with the legislation it administers, and responding to breaches of the law to deter and punish offenders and rehabilitate damage caused to the environment.

WALGA is developing a sector wide submission on the draft Policy and is encouraging Local Government Elected Members and Officers to provide feedback by 5:00pm Wednesday, 31 July by emailing the Environment Team. Local Governments can also provide submissions directly to the Department by 5:00pm Friday, 20 September here.

WALGA's InfoPage on the draft Policy is available here.
For more information, email the Environment Team.
Climate Change Authority Currently Seeking Feedback on Updated Advice to the Federal Government.
The Climate Change Authority has released a Consultation Paper on updating its previous advice to the Federal Government on policies to meet Australia's commitments under the Paris Agreement.
The Consultation Paper is available here. WALGA's InfoPage on the consultation paper is available here.

WALGA will be making a submission to the Climate Change Authority, in line with the WALGA Climate Change Policy Statement.

Local Governments wishing to contribute to WALGA's submission are asked to provide their comments to the Environment Team by COB Thursday, 8 August. Local Governments wishing to make a submission directly to the Climate Change Authority should do so by Friday, 23 August.
For more information, please contact Environment Policy Advisors, Laura Simes or Craig Perry on (08) 9213 2049.
Tuart Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain Listed as Critically Endangered
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.
The 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 (08) 9213 2065.
Update to Clearing Permit Application Forms
The Western Australian Government has approved improved cost recovery for clearing permit applications under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The new clearing permit fees came into effect on 1 July and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has updated the clearing permit application forms and the related Fact Sheet: How to apply for a permit to clear. The changes have been made to reflect the revised fee structure and update the style of format of these documents.
 
The department has also introduced a clearing permit fee calculator tool to assist applicants in determining which land-use zone their application area falls into and what their application fee will be.
For more information, contact the Department on (08) 6364 7000.
Climate Health WA Inquiry - Public Forums
The State Government will be running a series of public forums looking at the implications climate change will have on health. 
In March 2019, the State Government announced an investigation into the implications of climate change, including more frequent and intense weather events, on health. As part of this inquiry, the WA Department of Health is hosting a number of public forums around the State that will provide the community an opportunity to discuss how climate change is affecting their region and how health services can prepare for these impacts.

The events kick-off on Monday, 29 July in Kalgoorlie and run until mid-August.

To register or to find other event locations, click here.
More information on the Climate Health WA Inquiry is available from the Department of Health.
Albany Takes Plastic Free July Challenge
Inspired by their local Sustainable Heroes, City of Albany staff are enthusiastically taking the Plastic Free July challenge.
The public release of the July Sustainable Heroes video featuring the Plastic Free Hero of Albany, Rachel Pontin, kicked off a month-long promotion by the internal Green Team to help staff avoid single-use plastics at work and home.
 
Staff attending a low-waste lunch received a starter kit containing a bamboo straw, reusable veggie bag and starter guide, along with tips from another Sustainable Hero, Tess Bryant, on how to pack a waste free lunchbox.
 
Week Two saw the Green Team deliver reusable coffee cups to staff nominated by their colleagues as needing a bit of help to ditch disposables, and in Week Three staff have the chance to try out a reusable veggie bag instead of plastic produce bags when they do their grocery shopping.
 
Plastic Free July will be capped off with staff suggestions of steps the City can take to decrease unnecessary plastic waste across the organisation.
Meet more Sustainable Heroes on the City of Albany website or contact Marketing Officer, Rachel Handasyde on (08) 6820 3142 for further information.
Drive for Verge Improvements at the City of Swan
The City of Swan is implementing a range of initiatives to help residents get creative and make the most of their verges.
The City makes shredded mulch from green waste and offers it to residents in exchange for recyclable goods. In some instances, residents can request that the City plants a free tree on their verge. Trees improve streetscapes by providing shade, improving air quality and offering habitats and food for native animals.

The City also encourages residents to make verge gardens with waterwise or native plants which use less water than traditional lawn verges and can eliminate the need for fertilisers. They save money and improve the environment by preventing nutrients from entering local lakes and creeks, which in turn improve the water quality of our waterways.

Converting verge lawns to waterwise gardens is estimated to save around 20,000 to 40,000 litres of water per year, per lawn.
For more information about this initiative, visit the City of Swan website.
Drain to Become Micro Wetland in Bayswater
An unsightly drainage site in Morley is being transformed into an attractive wetland thanks to a partnership between the City of Bayswater and Water Corporation.
Located at Peters Place Reserve, the micro wetland will continue to function as a flood prevention site while providing a community asset with significant environmental benefits.

Designed to mimic a natural wetland, the site will play an important role in cleaning stormwater as it flows through the city landscape. Native sedges and rushes will be planted to create habitat for birds, frogs and other wildlife.

The Peters Place Micro Wetland is part of the City's multi-award winning Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Project.
For more information visit the City of Bayswater website.
City of Kalamunda Wins WA Award of Excellence
The City of Kalamunda has taken home its fourth award for its Innovative Ground Water Initiative.
The City of Kalamunda is celebrating after last month taking out the Parks & Leisure Australia - WA Awards of Excellence - Research Award for work relating to its Managed Aquifer Recharge project.

The award acknowledges outstanding research achievement by a group or individual, professionals, student or academics who have made a significant contribution to the parks and leisure industry.

The Managed Aquifer Recharge project provides an alternative water source to license ground water, meaning the City can now supply water for a redevelopment and expansion of Hartfield Park.

The initiative is being used as a case study by State departments and local authorities from across Australia who are facing similar challenges.
For more information, visit the City of Kalamunda website or call (08) 9257 9999.
Future Vehicle Expo Wrap Up
The City of Mandurah hosted their Inaugural Event showcasing the latest in sustainable transport options and technology on Friday, 21 June.
A range of electric cars, e-Bikes and other related stands were on display at Mandjar Square. The hydrogen powered fuel cell, electric Toyota Mirai and the autonomous RAC Intelli-Bus drew in the crowds, enthusiastically taking up the opportunity for free test rides.
 
The host of high calibre speakers provided insights into considerations for mobility for the 21st century, other future technologies such as trackless trams and how they might be integrated into our existing infrastructures, and the network perspective outlining how vehicle electrification will impact electricity distribution.
 
A great day was had by all – special thanks to the sun for shining and to ATCO Australia for bring the hydrogen BBQ along for a “hydro-dog” sausage sizzle.
For more information contact City of Mandurah Energy Efficiency Project Officer, Karin Wittwer on (08) 9550 3291.
First Possum Bridge in Perth Metro Underway
The City of Cockburn is preparing to build the first possum bridge in the Perth metropolitan area, with a local contractor installing two support poles on either side of Beeliar Drive, Yangebup in the coming weeks.
A cable-tensioned rope bridge will then be strung across the dual carriageway about 200m east of Dunraven Drive between Yangebup Lake and Kogolup Lake in Beeliar Regional Park.
 
Although previously thought to be plentiful locally, Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) surveys indicated very few existed in Yangebup Lake but appeared to exist in high numbers at nearby Kogolup Lake. Therefore a bridge will help possums move through the City's increasingly fragmented landscape.
For more information, call the Environment Team on (08) 9411 3444.
2019 Western Australia Waterwise Irrigation Expo
Don’t miss the fantastic opportunity to attend this year’s Waterwise Expo on Wednesday, 14 August.

The Expo will consist of a trade show and rotational educations seminars, with each group having a dedicated tour guide and industry expert to discuss specific topics and infrastructure. Delegates will benefit from allocated time slots within the trade show to enable engagement with industry suppliers and see the latest technologies on show.
 
The opening ceremony will include a keynote address from the Minister for Water, the Hon Dave Kelly MBA, and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Director General, Mike Rowe.  
 
To register or to view the seminar program, click here
For more information contact Tracey Martin at Irrigation Australia.
 Upcoming Events
Climate Change Webinars
Date:
Various dates through July and August

202020 Vision: Growing Together
Date:
Thursday, 25 July, 8:30am to 3:30pm
Venue: TBC

National Tree Day
Date: Sunday, 28 July
Venue: Events held statewide

Climate Health WA Inquiry Public Forums
Date: Various dates through July and August
Venue: Various venues around the State

Women for the Environment Breakfast
Date: Tuesday, 30 July, 7:00am to 9:30am
Venue: Fraser's, Kings Park

Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Energy Forum
Date: Tuesday, 30 July, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: The Flux, Perth

Boomerang Bag Workshop
Date: Tuesday, 30 July, 9:30am to 1:30pm
Venue: Roleystone Family Centre

Prescribed Burning Conference 2019
Date: Wednesday & Thursday, 31 July & 1 August
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia

WALGA Event: Building Positive Partnerships with Aboriginal Communities
Date: Tuesday, 6 August, 9:00am to 3:30pm
Venue: Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

WALGA Event: Emergency Management: Before - During - After
Date: Tuesday, 6 August, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Venue: Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

2019 Western Australia Waterwise Irrigation Expo
Date: Wednesday, 14 August, 9:30am to 3:45pm
Venue: Optus Stadium

WALGA Workshop: Management of Road Reserves
Date: Thursday, 15 August, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Venue: Shire of Dardanup

2019 Plant Survey Methods Workshop
Date: Friday, 16 August, 9:30am to 3:00pm
Venue: WA Ecology Centre, Bold Park

Community Expo - Nature of Science
Date: Sunday, 18 August, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Venue: Canning River Eco Education Centre

WALGA Event: Pest Animal Biosecurity
Date: Thursday, 22 August, 8:45am to 3:15pm
Venue: Aloft Hotel, Perth

Regenerative Agriculture Conference
Date: Wednesday, 11 September
Venue: Optus Stadium

2019 State NRM & Coastal Conference
Date: Tuesday - Friday, 1 - 4 October
Venue: Edith Cowan University, Joondalup

EMRC: 2019 Bush Skills for the Hills Workshops
Date: Various dates throughout the year
Venue: Various venues
Resources
WALGA has many environment related resources available to assist you with operational and policy issues:

WALGA Environmental Planning Tool 
A mapping product that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of Local Governments. The EPT has a large range of data relevant to land use, infrastructure and environmental planning. It has the capability to enable the inclusion of local data and unique reporting functions linked to statutory process requirements.

WALGA Environment Platform
The Environment Platform is an online hub for the Local Government Sector to build capacity and knowledge in Environment And Sustainability, as well as provide networking groups for Elected Members, Officers and Environmental Planning Tool (EPT) Users.

Find a Conservation Group
To find out whether there are any community volunteers interested in bushland restoration in your Local Government area go to the ‘find a conservation group’ application provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction’s Urban Nature Program

Approved Vegetation Clearing Statistics for Local Government Area
Clearing statistics by industry group, Local Government or IBRA regions provided by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

To find out more, visit the Environment page of the WALGA website or contact the Environment team at WALGA.

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WALGA Environment Team Contacts
Environment Policy Manager - Nicole Matthews 9213 2039               
Environment Policy Advisors - Laura Simes and Craig Perry 9213 2049
Environment Policy Officer - Jade Mains 9213 2027 
EPT Business Development Officer - Renata Zelinova 9213 2521
Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer Melanie Davies 9213 2065
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