October EnviroNews

WALGA's Environment and Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 10 - October 2022

Stage 2 BAM Act Review Released

The review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) was commenced in early 2022.  WALGA and Local Governments provided feedback into stage 1 of the process, which has informed the themes that are the focus of Stage 2.
The Stage 2 Discussion Paper, available here, explores four key themes:
  1. Principles to underpin WA’s biosecurity
  2. Legal foundations for WA’s biosecurity
  3. Planning, coordinating and resourcing WA’s biosecurity system
  4. Community led pest and weed management.
WALGA is hosting a webinar for Local Governments to learn more about the results and provide feedback:
When: 10am, Thursday 24 November
Register: Here
Feedback can be provided on the Stage 2 Discussion Paper via a short survey, available here, due by 4 December.

Calling Local Governments: 'Delivering WA’s local climate opportunities'

Cities Power Partnership are delivering two free events in Busselton and Perth on 3 and 4 November, which will focus on key opportunities for Local Governments to act on climate change. 

$4 million boost to help Local Governments reduce groundwater use

The funding will support the nine Local Governments in the Gnangara groundwater allocation area to reduce their groundwater use under the recently launched Waterwise Perth Action Plan 2.

National Threatened Species Action Plan: Towards Zero Extinctions launched

The plan, released earlier this month, sets out specific targets for the conservation and recovery of priority threatened species to be achieved over the next 10 years.

Historic new plan to protect WA's forests

Western Australians can now have their say on the draft Forest Management Plan 2024-2033, which will preserve at least 400,000 hectares of karri, jarrah, and wandoo forests. 

Environmental Regulation Reform Discussion Paper

WALGA is welcoming feedback on its draft submission, developed in response to reforms proposed in DWER's discussion paper Environmental Regulation Reform: A Strategic Review of Regulatory Delivery and Fees for Industry Regulation.

WALGA field day reinforces value of roadside vegetation

WALGA's recent field day on Roadside Vegetation Management in the Shire of Pingelly included site visits and a range of presentations, providing a forum to discuss roadside vegetation responsibilities and concerns.

WALGA 2022 Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum 

WALGA’s sixth Forum, themed ‘Kanan - Dhabagarn - Wabirriny’ (Truth – Justice - Healing), highlighted the inspirational work occurring between Local Governments and Aboriginal communities.   

WA Coastal Awards for Excellence

The awards celebrate the efforts of those working towards the sustainable planning and management of WA’s coast. WALGA accepted the Coastal Planning award, and congratulates all award winners for their outstanding efforts.

7 Star Cost Investigation Report Released

WALGA has released its 7 Star Homes Cost Investigation Report, prepared with the assistance of WA energy efficiency expert James Cross.

Sector Spotlight

Elected Members network on sustainability

Elected Members from different Councils recently came together to discuss sustainability interests and visit the Jirdarup Bushland. Read more here.
Image Source: P. Devereux

Town of Port Hedland wins at WA Coastal Awards for Excellence

The awards recognise the outstanding efforts and achievements in the planning, management and protection of WA's extensive coast.
Image Source: Town of Port Hedland

City of Stirling partnering with Murdoch University to help save turtles

The City is partnering with Murdoch University and citizen scientists to help conserve declining southwestern snake-necked turtle populations.
Image Source: City of Stirling

City of Subiaco steam weeding to protect environment

The City of Subiaco has been using steam pressure weeding to protect the environment and remove unwanted weeds in the City since 2020.
Image Source: City of Subiaco

Enviros share Cockburn’s natural assets

The City’s Environmental Services team recently shared Cockburn’s abundant wildflower wonders with local members of the Cockburn Seniors Centre.
Image Source: City of Cockburn

City of Kalamunda gets grant boost in fight for environment

The City has obtained two crucial Community Stewardship Grants from the State NRM Program to fight weeds and Dieback.
Image Source: Unsplash

City of Melville establishes Climate Action Reference Group

The City's first Climate Action Reference Group will consist of 24 community members who will inform the writing of the City's Climate Action Plan.
Image Source: City of Melville

Nature Passport launched during Wildflower Fiesta at the City of Stirling

The City has launched Nature Passports to encourage families and children to connect with their environment.
Image Source: City of Stirling

State & Federal Government Updates

Australia's environment ministers meet to discuss the future of the national environment

State Government releases Bush Forever Audit

Grants to help WA industries cut greenhouse gas emissions

$5.5 million boost for Mid West Hydrogen Hub

Round 2 funding for carbon projects announced at forum

Desalination trial to improve rural and regional water security

New direction for Southern Forests water security

In Other News...

Visiting a farm? Check your biosecurity responsibilities first!

In light of recent biosecurity concerns, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has released a factsheet detailing recommended biosecurity protocols for anyone visiting a farming property.

Abstract submission for the Feral Cat Symposium 2 is now open

Abstracts for talks, speed talks and posters across a range of themes will be accepted, with submissions closing on Friday, 11 November. See 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. Entries close on Tuesday, 13 December.

What's On

Date: 13-16 February 2023
Location: The University of Western Australia
Date: 3 and 4 November
Location: Busselton or Perth
Brighten your day with more birds!
Date: 19 November
Location: Enviro House, Bayswater
Date: 30 November - 1 December
Location: Kings Park

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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