January EnviroNews

WALGA's Environment and Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 1 - January 2023

Register for the 2023 WALGA Urban Forest Conference

WALGA's 2023 Urban Forest Conference - Valuing Canopy, will highlight the importance of collaborative approaches between the State Government, Local Government, the private sector and the broader community to improve outcomes for urban forest management in a changing climate.

A broad range of speakers will showcase best practice examples, planning and policy interventions, and latest research to drive meaningful canopy outcomes that add social, environmental and economic value to communities. The conference will take place on Friday, 17 February at Curtin University. Find out more and register here.

New WALGA Biosecurity Policy Position

A new WALGA Biosecurity Policy Position was endorsed by State Council in December 2022, and is available to Local Governments to help guide effective biosecurity management in Western Australia.

Local Government Climate Change Funding Resource

WALGA has developed a resource detailing the various State and Federal funding opportunities available to Local Governments relating to climate change, which can be accessed to assist the sector's mitigation and adaptation efforts.

CoastWA Grants Information Workshop

The 2023/24 CoastWA grant programs are due to open in early February. WALGA will be holding a Grants Information Workshop with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and Department of Transport at 10:00am on Tuesday, 21 February.

State Climate Adaptation Strategy to Be Developed

The State Government is preparing a State-wide Climate Adaptation Strategy, to be released later in 2023.  DWER will be engaging with Local Government  during the first-half of 2023 to inform the finalisation of the Strategy.

National Communication on Climate Change 

The Australian Government’s National Communication on Climate Change was recently submitted to the UNFCCC, and provides an update on commitments towards climate change including actions by State, Territory and Local Governments

Emergency Management Grants Update

The State Emergency Management Committee Business Unit has released information about three grant opportunities for 2023, for projects that enhance preparedness and resilience to natural hazards.

Draft Basketball Noise Guideline – Request for Comment

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation have developed a Draft Guideline: Minimising noise impact from outdoor community basketball facilities, and are inviting feedback.

Upcoming WALGA Training - Introduction to Waste Management

Learn about identification and segregation of waste and recoverable materials, waste avoidance and education, and behaviour change. The next course will take place on Friday, 10 February 2023. Register here.

Sector Spotlight

Young People Making a Difference in Gooseberry Hill

Recently, students from Carmel Adventist College Secondary, in collaboration with the City of Kalamunda, took part in a busy bee at the newly revegetated Kalamatta Way Reserve in Gooseberry Hill.
Image Source: City of Kalamunda

City of Wanneroo Commits to Topping Up Tree Canopies

Wanneroo Council has endorsed a new Urban Forest Strategy, a key document in setting the City’s goals for protecting, retaining and improving canopy cover and vegetation over the next 20 years.
Image Source: Unsplash

Monitoring and Protection of Nesting Fairy Terns Underway at Hill River

The Shire of Dandaragan has been working closely with key stakeholders to raise community awareness of the Australian Fairy Tern, currently nesting at the Hill River mouth.
Image Source: Shire of Dandaragan

Snorkellers Encouraged to Protect Underwater Ecosystem in Cockburn

The Omeo shipwreck is the jewel in the crown of the Coogee Maritime Trail and snorkellers are vital to protecting its fragile ecosystem. 120 fish species live on fragile coral-covered Omeo shipwreck.
Image Source: City of Cockburn

Elected Members Talk Sustainable Urban Form and Transport 

The Elected Members Sustainability Network will next meet at Murdoch University on 24 February to explore the benefits of urban form that enhances sustainable transport.
Image Source: Share North EU

Going Green in the Shire of Harvey

Sustainability will be a key priority for the Shire of Harvey in 2023 under its recently adopted Climate Change Declaration and Climate Change Corporate Mitigation Action Plan.
Image Source: Shire of Harvey

In Other News...

CoastWA Year 1 Achievements and 2023/24 Grants Round

The CoastWA Achievements Report is now available online. The opening of the 2023/24 Grants will be announced in February.
Image Source: DPLH

Aquatic Weed Management Training

Learn how to economically and ecologically manage a sudden outbreak of a new aquatic weed and how to control long term aquatic weed invasions, in this one-day course for Weed Management Operators run by aquatic weed consultant, Julie Robert.
Image Source: SERCUL

Looking to broaden your Local Government's community engagement on climate change?

Climate for Change’s Climate Conversations model is a cost-effective way to engage community members and support behaviour changes that will help reduce emissions locally.
Image Source: Unsplash

State & Federal Government Updates

What's On

Date: 17 February 2023
Location: Curtin University
Date: 21 February 2023
Location: Online
Date: 1-3 February 2023
Location: The Wetlands Centre Cockburn
Date: 17 March 2023
Location: Canning River Eco Education Centre
Date: 6 February 2023
Location: Joondalup Public Library
WA Feral Cat Symposium
Date: 13-15 February 2023
Location: 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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