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EnviroNews
march 2020
WALGA
Issue 3

In this issue:

Events, funding opportunities and resources:

Welcome to the March Issue of EnviroNews
Each month the WALGA Environment Team will feature an article on an important environmental topic or champion, this month we profile the highly successful Changing Your World conference.
The City of Canning brought together over 170 delegates at its inaugural Changing Your World conference to unlock solutions to 21st century sustainability challenges. The conference took place at the Riverton Library on Friday, 6 March.
 

Image: Youth Conference delegates presenting the mural.

To read more on the conference and take home outcomes, click here.
For more information, visit the City of Canning's website.
Generate Urban Heat Island Maps Using LGmap
Perth’s 2018-19 Urban Heat Island Map has been added to LGmap to support the development and implementation of Local Governments’ urban forest plans.
LGmap now includes CSIRO's 2018-19 Urban Heat Island (UHI) mapping for Perth and surrounds. UHI mapping provides a useful visual tool to demonstrate the benefits of increasing tree canopy cover and to support urban forest strategies or plans.

LGmap also includes other useful tree canopy related datasets, including the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s Urban Forest data series and an interactive 'Vegetation Height' layer developed from the DPLH data.

To read more about the new UHI maps, click here.
For more information on LGmap or to organise a trial and demonstration, contact Business Development Officer (LGmap), Renata Zelinova on
(08) 9213 2521.
Sustainable Procurement and Turning the Tide on Plastic
WALGA held the first Sustainability Officers Network Group meeting in late Feburary which focused on sustainable procurement and reducing the use of disposable, single use plastics.
At the meeting WALGA presented on the new Preferred Supplier sustainability rating system, which provides icons that identify sustainable suppliers offering products and services that minimise harm to the environment. 

The City of Rockingham discussed their recently endorsed Single Use Plastics and Balloons Policy, which can be viewed here. The requirement to use food and beverage serving materials that are either reusable or compostable is applied as a condition on each trading permit under the City’s Local Law. 


The City hopes that other Local Governments will adopt the policy framework and join them to turn the tide on plastic.

WALGA also outlined the results of a recent survey of plastics reduction initiatives across the Local Government sector, and highlighted the importance of providing community education to improve recycling practices. 
For more information, please contact Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer, Melanie Davies on (08) 9213 2065.
Electric Vehicle Helps City of Cockburn Maintain Zero Emissions Fleet
The City of Cockburn has purchased its first 100% electric vehicle (EV) to help maintain its Zero Emissions Fleet.
The Hyundai Ioniq does not use petrol, diesel or oil fluids and has zero tailpipe emissions.

City of Cockburn Facilities and Plant Manager, Ben Roser said EVs represented a major reduction in operating costs and greenhouse emissions. Cockburn has maintained a Zero Emission Fleet since 2011 by offsetting emissions with Wheatbelt tree planting projects.
 

Image: City of Cockburn's Facilities and Plant Manager, Ben Roser, with their Hyundai Ioniq.

The City will invest in an electric waste truck this year and has installed four public electric vehicle charging stations in Cockburn. "Servicing costs are expected to be $120-$160 compared to $400 as servicing is more a visual inspection of the engine and tyres, plus a battery test,” according to Mr Roser.

The EV's running costs include power consumption, replacing tyres and brakes, air-conditioner servicing and general vehicle repairs, while charging costs are offset by the solar system installed on the roof of the City’s Operations Centre.
For more information, contact Ben Roser at the City of Cockburn on
(08) 9411 3444.
 
The City of Swan's Green Fleet
The City of Swan continues to grow its green fleet, with the latest additions being two electric bikes.
Staff are encouraged to use the eBikes to travel to nearby meetings or use them during break times.

A recent report by the European Cyclists’ Federation found that eBikes have a life-cycle emissions rate that’s around 12 times less CO2e per person kilometre.
 
Not only are eBikes more environmentally friendly, they also promote staff well-being.
 
The City took part in Australia’s first electric vehicle trial in 2011, and now has three fully electric cars, four plug in hybrids and 37 hybrids that run off petrol and electricity simultaneously.
 
The City is also currently assessing the feasibility of using electric trucks for rubbish collections and other applications.
For more information, visit the City of Swan website.
Floating Excavator Removes Aquatic Weed in the Canning River
A trial removal of Mexican Waterlily compares the environmental outcomes and cost efficiency of manual and mechanical removal options.
Removal of the aquatic weed Mexican Waterlily was recently carried out as part of a trial in a section of the Canning River within the City of Armadale.

The Waterlily (Nymphaea mexicana) has established a thick monoculture in sections of the Canning River, reducing light and oxygen in the water and impacting biodiversity.
 

Image: Mexican Waterlily being removed from the Canning River in Kelmscott.

The collaborative project between the Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) compares the cost efficiency and environmental outcomes of Mexican Waterlily removal using manual removal and mechanical removal with an amphibious excavator.

Watch the video here.

Data analysis and further field observations will be undertaken over the coming months to determine which method, if any, is appropriate for the removal of this weed in other parts of the river.

The project was funded through DBCA’s Community Rivercare Program.
For more information, contact the Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group
Clean Energy Drawing Competition
The 2020 Mundaring Environmental Art Project (MEAP) has a clean energy theme: 'Let's Reduce Our Energy Impact!'
MEAP is a long-running environmental education initiative delivered in partnership with the Mundaring Arts Centre. Local primary school students can investigate the annual theme and explore solutions, then develop their ideas into an A4 artwork for an exhibition.
 
 
Image: Part of a MEAP banner painted by Ciarna Keane
 
This year, students will research clean energy and ways to reduce our energy impact on the planet. Many young people are concerned about climate change but learning about the impacts can be overwhelming. Focusing on clean energy and local actions provides a more positive, solution-focused way to engage with young people concerned about climate change.
 
The winners will work with a professional artist to adapt and paint their design onto a banner to be displayed in the town centre. 
For more information, please contact the Shire of Mundaring Environment and Sustainability Coordinator, Briony Moran on (08) 9290 6675.
Funding Opportunities
DPLH Coastwest grants – Applications close 12:00pm on Monday, 20 April.

DPLH CMPAP grants – Applications close 12:00pm on Monday, 20 April.
 
Upcoming Events
In view of the Prime Minister’s statement on Wednesday, 18 March that measures to combat COVID-19 should be expected to be ongoing for at least six months, the decision has been made to cancel all events until further notice. We will be exploring the use of webinars to host events online.
 
For more information, email the WALGA Events Team.
Resources
WALGA has many environment related resources available to assist you with operational and policy issues:

WALGA LGmap
A mapping product that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of Local Governments. The LGmap 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 Advisor - Garry Middle, 9213 2049            
Environment Policy Officer - Gemma Cook, 9213 2027 
EPT Business Development Officer - Renata Zelinova, 9213 2521
Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer Melanie Davies, 9213 2065
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