August EnviroNews

WALGA's Environment and Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 8 - August 2022

Local Governments invited to attend a Pest Parrot and Cockatoo Strategy Workshop

Local Governments are invited to attend a Pest Parrot and Cockatoo Strategy Workshop, hosted by Strickland Economics on behalf of DPIRD, to develop an overarching management strategy to manage certain pest birds.
Image Source: BirdLife Australia

Regional Climate Alliances receive first round of project funding 

The State Government has announced additional funding for two Local Government Regional Climate Alliances for emissions reduction projects.


Consultation Open for EPA Draft Environmental Factor Guideline – Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The EPA is inviting feedback on the draft Environmental Factor Guideline – Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

City of Stirling: A sustainable City with a local focus

Stirling’s new Strategic Community Plan contains a new vision, new objectives, and alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Image Source: City of Stirling

Revised referral guideline published for WA threatened black cockatoo species

The new guidelines introduce more specific referral thresholds, and introduce a scoring tool for assessing the quality of foraging habitat.

Image Source: R. Zelinova

National Biosecurity Strategy Released

Australia’s first National Biosecurity Strategy was recently released, and outlines the key actions to ensure a stronger biosecurity system. The strategy will help to support WA's strong biosecurity system

Sector Spotlight

City of Joondalup’s NAIDOC Celebrations 2022

The City ran an engaging NAIDOC program of events throughout July for the community to learn, immerse, and connect with Boodjah (Country) and culture.
Image Source: City of Joondalup

Councils and communities roll up their sleeves for National Tree Day

Local Governments have been hard at work this planting season, with some hosting events to celebrate National Tree Day on 31 July.
Image Source: City of South Perth

Possum release after a bushfire in the City of Armadale

After treatment and a long rehabilitation, a team of specialists helped possums Gilbert and Blossom return to the wild in Armadale.
Image Source: City of Armadale

Climate action the key focus at 'Business After Hours'

Local business representatives met with City of Melville Councillors and staff to discuss climate action at the July Business After Hours event.
Image Source: City of Melville

State & Federal Government Updates

Industry-leading technology will increase renewables in the regions

Major milestone for WA's EV fast charging network

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation releases the first stage of Environment Online

 $30 million grant programs to help support South-West communities transitioning from native forest logging

$10 million to fuel new renewable hydrogen transport project

In Other News...

Nominations for the WA Water Awards close on Wednesday 31 August

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, students, and organisations who are helping to drive a sustainable water future. 

Distribution of solar air conditioning commences

Minsolar, a WALGA preferred supplier, has commenced distribution of commercial grade solar AC DC air conditioners, which are deployable both on and off-grid. Read more here.

Entries for the 34th National Banksia Sustainability Awards are now open

The awards recognise leadership in biodiversity, climate change, and First Nations people, and reinforce the diversity of sustainability. 

What's On

Better Futures Forum
Date: 6-7 September
Location: Canberra
Date:  31 August & 1 September
Location: Wembley
2022 WA State NRM and Coastal Conference
Date: 20-22 September
Location: Mandurah
Date: 13-16 February 2023
Location: The University of Western Australia

WALGA Environment Team Contacts  

Manager, Waste and Environment - Rebecca Brown (08) 9213 2063
Senior Policy Advisor, Environment - Jade Mains (08) 9213 2027
Graduate Policy Officer, Environment - Sarah Twyford (08) 9213 2009
 Policy Officer, Biodiversity & Natural Area Management - Renata Zelinova (08) 9213 2521
Project Officer, Biodiversity and Sustainability / Grant Facilitator, Urban Forest -
Melanie Davies (08) 9213 2065
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