July EnviroNews

WALGA's Environment and Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 7 - July 2022

Myrtle Rust Detected in Western Australia

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has confirmed a detection of myrtle rust in a wetland on a remote pastoral lease in the East Kimberley. 
Image Source: L. Shuey, QDAF

Australia's Environment in decline: 2021 State of the Environment Report

The Federal Government released the report this week, finding that the overall state and trend of Australia’s environment is poor and deteriorating.

Fire regimes that cause declines in biodiversity listed as a key threatening process 

Under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, this listing formally recognises that certain fire regimes are a key threat to biodiversity at the national level.

WA Youth Mental Health and Climate Change Survey

Local Governments are encouraged to help promote a survey targeting young people across WA to contribute to climate research. A promotional flyer can be found here, and an information sheet here.

New biodiversity data platform launched for WA

Dandjoo is Western Australia’s first whole-of-state biodiversity data platform, which is allowing government, industry, researchers, and community to discover and share WA’s biodiversity data.

Nominations for WA Water Awards are now open 

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

WA elected officials invited to join climate spokesperson program

A new initiative from the Cities Power Partnership, 'Local Leaders', supports Mayors and Councillors to become local media spokespeople regarding climate action.

Sector Spotlight

National funding model for coastal erosion

The City of Stirling's motion on climate change adaptation passed unanimously at the recent National General Assembly.
Image Source: City of Stirling

City of Kalamunda releases Draft Climate Change Action Plan

The Draft Action Plan sets out what the City of Kalamunda will be doing to address risk to the City’s environment, economy, infrastructure, community health, safety and wellbeing.
Image Source: City of Kalamunda

Living Green for the future at the City of Kwinana

A three-month sustainability series has inspired and equipped Kwinana residents to live green.
Image Source: City of Kwinana

Meet WA's newest waterwise Council

The Shire of Exmouth is on track to save 24 million litres of water this year. Learn more.
Image Source: Water Corporation

Lotterywest funds expand Turtle Tracker program

A successful City of Cockburn and Murdoch University turtle preservation program is set to be expanded across WA.  
Image Source: City of Cockburn

City of Armadale looking out for Black Cockatoos

The City of Armadale’s Environment Team recently joined research fellows from the WA Museum to band Forest Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo chicks.
Image Source: City of Armadale

State & Federal Government Updates

Consultation Open - Ecological Communities Listing 
65 ecological communities are to be listed under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. Local Governments can submit information on these by Monday 19 August 2022. Nominations are open for public comment here.

Vulnerable native species returned to Dirk Hartog Island

Historic day for single-use plastic bans

International recognition for WA Parks and Wildlife Service Aboriginal ranger

In Other News...

Ecosystem services of street verges

New research highlights diverse stakeholder perspectives on greening roadside verges in Perth.
Image Source: N. Pauli

National Tree Day 2022

Encourage your communities to get out and plant on National Tree Day, Sunday 31 July! Local Governments can join Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event by registering to host an event.
Image Source: National Tree Day

What's On

Electrify Everything Webinar with Saul Griffith
Date: 29 July
Location: Online
2022 WA State NRM and Coastal Conference
Date: 20-22 September
Location: Mandurah
Date:  31 August & 1 September
Location: Wembley
Date: 13-16 February 2023
Location: The University of Western Australia
Date: 11 August
Location: Online

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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