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28 June 2019
WALGA
Issue 13

In this issue:

 
No Butts on the Beach
The Town of Cottesloe has announced a ban to prohibit smoking on the Cottesloe foreshore (west of Marine Parade) from the north to south border.
The smoking ban was first raised in 2015 through a Council Motion. Now that the Town of Cottesloe Local Government Property Local Law (2011) has been amended, the focus of the ban will to bring more awareness to the effects of smoking and the environmental impacts of cigarette butts in a marine environment, in the interest of better community health and amenity.

Over the coming weeks the Town will be placing No Smoking signage along the beachfront and Town staff will assist in educating beach visitors that the Cottesloe foreshore is now a no smoking area.
To find out more, email the Town of Cottesloe or call on (08) 9285 5000.
 
Free Breakfast Event
Local Government Officers are invited to visit the WALGA Trade Exhibition and attend a breakfast event featuring guest speaker, Australian cricketer Brad Hogg.
The Trade Exhibition, held alongside the WALGA Convention at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday, 8 August to Friday, 9 August features suppliers offering a range of goods and services relevant to Local Government operations.

On Friday, 9 August there will also be a breakfast event featuring Australian cricket legend Brad Hogg. Relax with coffee and a hot breakfast as Brad takes attendees on a journey of his life, the people who inspired him and his reflections on what the baggy green means to him and Australia.

Register here to attend the breakfast and/or visit the Trade Exhibition by Friday,
26 July. Entry is free to all Officers working in Local Government.

The event flyer is available to download here.
For more information, email Marketing and Events Officer, Anthea Astone or call on (08) 9213 2010.
 
Comment Now: DWER Draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation 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. 

The draft Policy covers a number of Department operational areas including native vegetation, contaminated sites, licensing of prescribed premises, water discharges and emissions, WARR Levy compliance and water licensing.

WALGA is developing a sector wide Submission on the draft Policy. To contribute to the Submission, please email by 5:00pm Wednesday, 31 July.

The Association encourages Local Government to provide comments directly to the Department by 5:00pm Friday, 16 August.
For more information, email the Environment Team.
 
Covert Surveillance Catches Dumpers
Four men have been fined a total of $16,000 for illegal dumping and littering offences in a known hotspot north-east of Perth.
Covert surveillance was used to capture each of the men driving, on separate occasions, last year with vehicles loaded with waste. On each occasion, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) inspectors located the discarded waste and the men were convicted for offences in State Forest in Jandabup.

The Department has also successfully prosecuted a pair of rogue rubbish removalists for illegal dumping in a priority one drinking water source area in State Forest near Albany Highway. After the court heard that the men were responsible for illegally dumping contents and fittings from a Northbridge restaurant, the two men were fined $9000 each, plus court costs.
The media statements are available here.
 
Cocos Clean Up
The Indian Ocean Territories Marine Debris Project is an annual clean up that aims to help the communities of Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Islands deal with the marine debris that floats onto and close to the islands with the tides.
The Project is funded by the Federal Government and administered by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and Keep Australia Beautiful WA, with assistance from the Tangaroa Blue Foundation and support from the Shires of Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Islands. 

Rebecca Brown, from WALGA, joined volunteers and DWER employees this year to assist in cleaning up key beach locations and record information about litter collected in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Over four days, 74,605 items weighing 2172 kg were collected from five locations. The information collected about the litter is vital to understand where the material is coming from and what interventions are necessary to address the global and domestic plastic pollution problem.

The WA State Government is currently consulting on an Issues Paper focusing on Plastics and this provides an opportunity for the community and Local Government to provide feedback on the key issues.


Pictured: Alone in the Indian Ocean, with Christmas Island about 1000 km away, the coastline of Cocos (Keeling) Islands is heavily littered with plastic pollution. High storm surges carry pollution from the shoreline and into the surrounding vegetation where it is trapped.
To find out more about the Project and the Clean Up planned for 2020, email Rohan Swan at Department of Water and Environmental Regulation or call on (08) 6364 6660.
 
Tassie to have a CRS
The Tasmanian Government has announced a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) will begin operating in the island state by 2022.
Councils across Tasmania have long called for action and leadership on waste and recycling, and have welcomed the announcement. The ability to produce purer and more valuable streams of recyclable materials is a move strongly supported by Local Government with enormous opportunities for local businesses.

A Government report commissioned in 2018 has laid out some of the groundwork for how the CRS would work. While it is noted there has been no budget allocation for the announced CRS, the Local Government Association of Tasmania foresees working collaboratively with the Government as they scope, design and plan for implementation of the Scheme.
Further details are available from the Australian Local Government Association website.
Waste is the Word
Want to share your waste management successes, promote a new project, have a key question answered or collaborate with other Local Governments? We want to include your waste management issues in this newsletter.

Please submit your content to the WALGA WasteTeam.
 
 
Did you know there is a Municipal Waste Advisory Council?
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC) is a standing committee of WALGA with delegated authority on municipal waste issues. MWAC's membership includes the major Regional Councils (waste management), making MWAC a unique forum through which all the major Local Government waste management organisations cooperate.

MWAC members are:
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