November EnviroNews

WALGA's Environment and Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 11 - November 2022

Local Governments Leading Emissions Reduction

The Cities Power Partnership recently hosted two climate-focused events in Busselton and Perth, with 45 Local Governments coming together to discuss opportunities for action on climate change and to capitalise on the benefits of the state’s emerging clean economy.

The events provided an important opportunity for networking, knowledge-sharing and collaboration between Councils on climate-forward initiatives. Additionally, they reinforced that WA Local Governments are increasingly stepping up to lead on climate change action, in order to ensure that their communities are set up for a prosperous future.

Urban Canopy Grant Success

More than 4,000 new trees were planted by 18 Local Governments as part of the 2021-2022 Urban Canopy Grant Program. The program provided $750,000 to Councils to increase tree canopy in high urban heat risk areas.

WALGA State Budget Submission

The initiatives in WALGA’s Budget Submission will deliver significant benefits to communities across the State. Key climate change adaptation priorities include a State Urban Forest Strategy, Urban Canopy Grant Program and increased funding to protect coastal erosion hotspots. Read more.

Joining Forces to Combat the Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer

Local Governments from across Perth recently came together to learn more about the exotic pest, the polyphagous shot-hole borer, in a workshop led by DPIRD with a special expert guest from the University of California.

Work Starts on the WA Pest Parrot and Cockatoo Strategy

DPIRD is collaborating on the development of a Pest Parrot and Cockatoo Strategy for WA. WALGA is a member on the Strategy Steering Committee and will continue to provide updates as the Strategy progresses.

Bureau of Meteorology Releases Biennial State of the Climate Report

The report draws on the latest climate research, encompassing observations, analyses and future projections to describe year-to-year variability and longer-term changes in Australia’s climate.

New Directions for Forest Management in WA

DBCA is inviting comments on the Draft Forest Management Plan 2024-2033 by Sunday, 18 December 2022. The Draft Plan seeks to introduce a new approach to forest management. Read more here.

Think Climate Change. Be Waterwise.

Around half of Perth’s drinking water comes from desalinated seawater. The Water Corporation’s campaign Think Climate Change Be Waterwise  reminds us that water is too valuable to waste.

Sector Spotlight

A Move in the 'Light' Direction for Hedland Turtle Nesting

The Town of Port Hedland is working with local groups, utility providers and the community to protect flatback turtles during nesting season.
Image Source: Town of Port Hedland

City of Cockburn’s Aussie First Anti-Erosion Reef Trial to Double in Size

A $600,000 grant from the Federal Coastal and Estuarine Risk Mitigation Program will be used to double the size of an engineered offshore fringing reef trial.
Image Source: City of Cockburn

City of Joondalup’s Waterwise Verge Garden Workshop 

The City recently held a Waterwise Verge Garden workshop, which was attended by more than 90 community members. 
Image Source: City of Joondalup

Living Green School Funding in the City of Stirling

More than 20 schools have received funding from the City’s Living Green Program.
Image Source: City of Stirling

Showcasing urban sensitive water design in the City of Swan

New WAter Ways has just released three videos showcasing the application of water sensitive urban design in the City of Swan.
Image Source: New WAter Ways

Shire of Denmark Releases Sustainable Homes Educational Brochure

The new brochure promotes well designed and constructed homes that are great for the environment, whilst saving energy, water and money.
Image Source: Unsplash

State & Federal Government Updates

In Other News...

Perth NRM Community Capacity Assessment 2021

Perth NRM surveyed over 200 environmental volunteers to assess their ongoing capacity to conserve and protect natural areas in the Perth Region, which has been documented in a recent report.

Councils shaping the global nature agenda

Learn how ICLEI's new CitiesWithNature Academy can amplify Local Government actions for biodiversity.

Have your say on the new Disaster Ready Fund

The National Emergency Management Agency is consulting on the design of the Disaster Ready Fund to curb the impacts of natural hazards. Complete the survey here by Tuesday, 20 December. Applications for Round 1 are expected to open in early 2023.

Applications open for WA Hiking Participation Grant Program 2022/23

The Program is aimed at growing participation in hiking in WA by providing support to organisations to deliver new opportunities for participation, skill development and building the capacity of leaders.

Catch up on a recent WABSI webinar recording - Renewable energy and biodiversity

The webinar explores how renewable energy infrastructure like wind and solar can be planned and implemented to ensure a nature-positive energy transition.

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. Entries close on Tuesday, 13 December.

What's On

Date: 25 November
Location: Online
Sports Environment Alliance x BASIS: Climate Conversations
Date: 6 December
Location: Online
Date: 8 December
Location: Online
Date: 13-16 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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