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EnviroNews
SEPTEMBER 2019
WALGA
Issue 9

In this issue:

Events, funding opportunities and resources:

State Government Issues Paper on Climate Change Released for Comment
The State Government has released an Issues Paper on Climate Change in Western Australia, and is seeking public comment to help inform the development of WA’s new State Climate Change Policy.

The paper outlines the key issues facing Western Australia across 11 key areas in transitioning to the ‘net zero emissions in WA by 2050’ target recently announced by the State Government.
 
The Issues Paper is available on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) website, and is open for public comment until Friday, 29 November. Responses to the Issues Paper will help inform the State Climate Change Policy due for release in 2020.

DWER will be running an information/consultation session for Local Government on Wednesday, 23 October at WALGA. Registrations will be open soon.

WALGA will be consulting with the sector and seeking Local Government input to its submission, drawing on the WALGA Climate Change Policy Statement. Local Governments are also encouraged to make submissions directly.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the WALGA Environment Team on (08) 9213 2049.
A WALGA Farewell
This month we say goodbye to two valued members of the Environment Team, Laura Simes and Craig Perry.
Laura and Craig currently job share the Environment Policy Advisor role and have driven WALGA's climate change advocacy, amongst other projects, for the past four years.

Laura's biggest highlight at WALGA is having had  influence on the climate change debate in WA through WALGA's advocacy and strengthened climate change policy, which was endorsed by the Sector in 2018. Laura has enjoyed working with the Sector as the most active level of Government in the climate change space and finds it heartening to see people, equally as passionate, doing something about the increasing climate emergency.

Craig's biggest highlights have been helping to develop the Better Urban Forest Guide with DPLH and growing the CHRMAP Group during his time at WALGA. Craig has enjoyed working with the Sector to gain a better understanding of the significant work done to address climate change, and to have hopefully played a small role in assisting the sector to better respond to the challenges of climate change particularly around urban forests and coastal adaptation.
We wish them all the best on the next adventure.
Highlights of WALGA'S Environmental Event Series in August
The Environment Team had a huge events schedule over August hosting three events for the sector on a diverse range of topics.
Starting with an event on Building Positive Partnerships with Aboriginal Communities, which attracted 165 delegates from 48 Local Governments. Highlights included addresses by Aboriginal presenters including Dr Richard Walley, Mr Lester Coyne and Mr Wayne Nannup. A key message from the day was to take time for meaningful engagement with the Aboriginal people in your community, and have conversations without an agenda.
 
The event on Pest Animal Biosecurity attracted over 120 delegates. A highlight of the day was the keynote address by The Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC, who advised that the Department would work closely with all stakeholders involved in biosecurity in the upcoming review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act, which is scheduled to commence next year. Environmental biosecurity was recognised as an increasing concern to be addressed.
 
Upon request from the Shire of Dardanup, WALGA also hosted a workshop on Management of Road Reserves, which nine Local Governments in the South-West region attended. WALGA continues to advocate for improvements to regulation of roadside clearing, and financial assistance for ecological surveys and native vegetation protection in roadsides.
To discuss WALGA delivering a workshop to address a key topic or capacity gap for your Local Government, please contact Biodiversity and Sustainability Officer, Melanie Davies on (08) 9213 2065.
Local Actions to Conserve Urban Biodiversity - New Report by the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub
new CAUL Hub report shows how Australian cities are implementing novel solutions to conserve urban biodiversity.
Urban environments provide the opportunity to conserve biodiversity whilst engaging people with nature. Many government and non-government organisations are committed to conserving biodiversity in Australian cities, yet there is currently little guidance for land managers on how to implement conservation actions targeted to urban environments.

Based on interviews with land managers, conservation organisations and community groups in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, the report identifies desired ecological outcomes, approaches to community engagement and opportunities for future biodiversity conservation.

This national inventory of local actions is the first of its kind in Australia. View a summary here, or download Part I and Part II (written by Indigilab) of the full report.
For more information, contact CAUL Hub WA researcher, Cristina Ramalho.
Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests and Diseases Released
The Department of Agriculture has released the interim Priority List for Exotic Environmental Pests and Diseases for public consultation.
The Priority List focuses on exotic pests and diseases that pose the highest risk to our environment and public spaces. This list will be used to enable activities that help prevent the entry, establishment and spread of exotic pests and diseases.

The use of the Priority List is a key focus of the consultation period. The more the Priority List is used by governments and stakeholders alike for a range of purposes, the greater the value Australia’s environmental biosecurity will derive from it.

To view the Priority List and take the survey to provide your feedback click here. Submit your feedback by Friday, 4 October.
For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture website.
European House Borer Found in Roof Space
In December 2018, a single female European house borer (EHB) beetle was found inside the roof space of a house near Yanchep.
While EHB has been established in parts of the greater Perth area since 2004, this was the first time in WA that EHB had been found inside a roof though natural dispersion. This confirmed that EHB can be attracted into a roof in WA conditions; something not previously known. The house was about 10 years old with concealed eaves and about half H2-treated and half untreated pine roof timbers (H2-treated timber repels EHB).
 

Luckily, no signs of infestation were found upon thorough inspection by pest control operators, although annual inspections are recommended to monitor the situation.
For information on what to look for and how to report suspect EHB, visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.
City of Bayswater Gains International Recognition for Excellence in Sustainability
The City has won the prestigious Excellence in Environment and Sustainability Award at the Institute of Public Works and Engineering Australiasia (IPWEA) Awards for Excellence.
Having already won in this category at the State level, the City's Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Project was put forward to compete with projects from across the country and New Zealand; and successfully took out the award.

This accolade recognises the success the City has had reaching the objectives of the plan, and highlights how weaving sustainability objectives with strategic planning can have a positive impact on communities and the environment.

The Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Plan brought multiple water management agencies together to work towards a common goal - to improve the quality of water flowing into the Swan River.
For more information, visit the City of Bayswater website.
Point Roe Park a Hub of Activity
The Town of Mosman Park and Edith Cowan University have come together to help the water birds of the Swan River by working in a small area of foreshore called Point Roe Park.
Here, ECU Masters student, Caitlyn O'Dea is currently investigating the impacts of simulated swan grazing on the resilience of seagrass ecosystems in the River, which involved the installation of a number of enclosures including one at Point Roe Park foreshore due to the presence of swans feeding at the site.

In recognition of this fact, the Town of Mosman Park was successful in obtaining Riverbank funding to undertake re-vegetation of the site and the installation of a bird hide.
For more information, contact Senior Environmental Conservation Officer, Paddy Strano on (08) 9383 6600 or Caitlyn O'Dea on 0416 167 181.
Emu Lake is Revived
After ten years of rehabilitation works, the City of Swan has completed a major step towards the ongoing health of Emu Lake in Ballajura.
A new embayment on the lake’s foreshore includes a clay bund, vegetated floating panels and a pump to ensure the water is constantly circulated, treated and oxygenated. The City will continue to work on the condition of the lake area, with a focus on making the area more habitable for native animals.
 
City of Swan Mayor, David Lucas said it’s been a long journey to rejuvenate Emu Lake, with extensive works taking plan over the last decade. A once brown and unhealthy lake, the City over time has treated the water, upgraded stormwater filters and installed water pumps and circulation equipment to help return the lake to good health.
For more information, visit the City of Swan website.
A Huge Win for the City of Armadale!
The Environment Team successfully obtained additional funding to expand its dieback treatment program after council approved Dieback Report recommendations.
Dieback is one of the greatest threats to native bushland. The City regularly liaises with dieback experts to ensure management is aligned with current best practice. The City is at the forefront of dieback treatment in Western Australia, with 36 bushland areas, comprising approximately 1000ha treated, and a dedicated budget of approximately $80,000 per annum.

Despite the City’s exemplary record in dieback management, there remain dieback susceptible bushland areas and valuable habitat trees not currently included in the treatment program. Increased funding will allow the City to target additional areas and will further mitigate the impact of dieback within City reserves. The City also proposes to undertake important dieback research in collaboration with Murdoch University.
For further information, contact Environment Officer, Megan Stone on (08) 9394 5862.
Denmark Shire Revegetation Nursery and Seedbank
The Shire of Denmark Revegetation Officer, Mark Parre, has run a nursery and seed bank for environmental restoration works, using local provenance sourced plant materials since 1993.
Mark manages a dedicated revegetation nursery and a seed bank that contains seeds from species that occur across Denmark Shire.

Over the years, the Shire of Denmark has partnered with schools, universities and environmental groups to achieve production requirements, while providing a venue for skills based training. Volunteers from the local community are also involved in seed collection, plant propagation and planting programs.

The Shire encourages sharing of efforts and information, and welcomes enquiries from other councils and organisations on the project. 
For more information, contact Revegetation Officer, Mark Parre on (08) 9848 0356.
Dieback Mapping and Rehabilitation in the Shire of Mundaring
The Shire of Mundaring was successful in gaining funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program (Community Stewardship Grants) to deliver a new dieback project.
The biodiversity values of natural areas protected in the Shire’s reserves network are under imminent threat from the spread of Phytophthora Dieback. A recent ecological assessment of the highest priority reserves concluded dieback as having a significant impact on species diversity and ecosystem function. Urgent action is needed to limit spread of the disease into uninfected (protectable) areas and restore ecosystem function in compromised areas.

The project will undertake comprehensive dieback mapping of priority reserves, increase community engagement and capacity to protect natural areas, conduct research to inform best practices for ongoing management and establish demonstration trains to develop rehabilitation guidelines to restore ecological values.
For more information, visit the Shire of Mundaring website.
Mosquito Treatment Kicks Off in the Shire of Harvey
The Shire of Harvey's Environmental Health Team has started its mosquito management program with the first aerial treatment conducted and larvae monitoring to follow.
The Shire's Environmental Health Team has started its mosquito treatment program along the Leschenault Wetlands, Clifton Park and Australind Foreshore areas. The tidal water flooding from the estuary to Buffalo Road created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and staff were actively treating the area to combat mosquito breeding.

The mosquitoes are treated by aerial operation, followed by staff assessing the site for larvae and mosquito hatching within five days of the treatment. The treatment area around Australind can be up to 45 hectares across the section and will continue in the coming months.
For more information, visit the Shire of Harvey website.
City of Perth’s Urban Forest Program Wins Award
The City of Perth's Infill Street Tree Planting Program, a priority objective of the City of Perth Urban Forest Plan, was acknowledged at the Public Health Advocacy Institute WA’s Local Government Policy Awards.
The City received the award in the Shade in Public Places category which focused on key criteria including forward planning, proactive initiatives and consultation within the community.
 
As part of the Infill Street Tree Planting Program, the City of Perth has planted approximately 900 new trees across a number of city neighbourhoods. This includes more than 180 new trees planted in selected West Perth streets since April this year.
 
These new trees will not only enhance and cool surrounding streets, but bring a range of environmental, social and economic benefits to the West Perth community.
For more information, contact Strategic Project Officer Urban Forest Plan, Barbara Meldrum on (08) 9461 3302.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Recognised at Cities Power Partnership Awards
The Awards, run by the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership, took place on Thursday, 29 August recognising the unsung work of the climate heroes in local governments across the country.
This year’s awards saw a record-breaking number of outstanding entries, reflecting the emergence of local governments as a vital force in developing regional climate and energy solutions. Award categories included renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, community engagement, project funding and individual climate champions.

Shire President, August Margaret River Shire, Pam Townshend was the Highly Commended Runner-Up Ambassador of the Year, for her work with the local community on development of a Shire and community action plan to tackle climate change.
For more information, visit the Shire of August Margaret River website.
Water Corporation is Helping to Green our Suburbs
Water Corporation’s Waterwise Greening Scheme supports Waterwise Councils in creating sustainable, liveable and cooler neighborhoods by using waterwise plants and trees.
Through this scheme, Waterwise Councils can apply for up to $10,000 in dollar-for-dollar funding for rebates to help create waterwise verges in conjunction with their ratepayers.
 
This new-look scheme now also includes rebates to provide free waterwise street trees, waterwise gardening workshops, waterwise demonstration gardens and waterwise garden competitions for the community.

To participate, local governments must be an endorsed Waterwise Council, have a verge policy consistent with waterwise best-practice, offer residents a verge incentive rebate and have an urban greening or street tree policy and offer a tree or plant giveaway program for residents.
For more information, visit the Water Corporation webite.
Volunteers Erect Two New Nesting Logs for Carnaby's
Wally Kerkhof knows a thing or two about Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, imparting his knowledge on the birds and building artificial nesting logs at a recent workshop.
The day, organised in conjunction with Moore Catchment Council, saw 20 people come to Moora from afar, including Perth, Dowerin and Bullsbrook, to learn about Carnaby’s, how to save the species, help build some nesting logs and then erect two logs south of Moora.

Thanks to the State NRM Program for funding the day and the Kerkhof Carnaby Group for helping to organise.
For more information, contact Community Landcare Coordinator, Rachel Walmsley on (08) 9653 1355.
Funding Opportunities
WSWA Mary Bremner Grant Program - Applications close Tuesday, 1 October.

Communities Environment Program - Applications close 5:00pm, Thursday, 10 October.
 Upcoming Events
2019 State NRM & Coastal Conference
Date: Tuesday - Friday, 1 - 4 October
Venue: Edith Cowan University, Joondalup

Perth NRM and WALGA Sediment Management Workshop
Date: Friday, 8 November
Venue: WALGA Offices

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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