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7 February 2023

In this issue

Sabrina Hahn's Call to Action Ahead of WALGA Urban Forest Conference

Sabrina Hahn will be at this month's Urban Forest Conference

Homegrown garden guru Sabrina Hahn has a powerful message to share about the future of community green space ahead of next week's Urban Forest Conference

"If we continue to develop our cities the way we are, we will live in an ecological desert. We must act now, we must all work together, we must bring greenscaping in as a matter of vital importance."

Listen to Sabrina's thoughts in the 30 second video above and be sure to register to attend the conference on 17 February to hear from Sabrina and many other experts about the challenges and opportunities in re-foresting our urban landscape.

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Nominations Open to Honour our Local Government Legends

Nominations for the 2023 Local Government Honours Program are now open.

The Honours Program recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements and lasting contributions made by Elected Members and employees to their respective Councils, the Local Government sector and the wider community.

Six awards are up for grabs including the Local Government Medal, Life Membership and Troy Pickard Young Achievers Award.

The full list of awards and criteria can be
found here. Nominations close at 5pm, 9 June.
Nomination Form

Transport DG to Share Insights at Transport and Roads Forum

Director General of Transport Peter Woronzow will speak on the evolution of the State and Local Government agreement to deliver world class mobility outcomes at this year's WA Transport and Roads Forum
Peter is responsible for the strategic direction of transport in WA, shaping the development of major integrated transport plans and leading implementation of $6.5bn of State transformational capital projects over the next two years.
Peter was previously the Managing Director of Main Roads and has worked in the Transport Portfolio for several decades.

The WA Transport and Roads Forum will be held on Wednesday 8 March at Crown Perth.

Register to Attend

Local Government-led Milestone for WA Beach Safety

The Beach Emergency Number (BEN) program, an initiative started by the City of Mandurah, has celebrated the instalment of more than 1500 signs across WA to improve emergency response times.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has worked with 36 Local Governments to install BEN signs, including 582 along the Perth coast.   

DPIRD has also been working with 12 coastal LGAs north of Perth, where the Shires of Chapman Valley, Northampton and Ashburton have led the charge by installing 15 BEN signs so far.

Planning for more than 300 new BEN locations is underway, mostly north of Perth.

BEN Sign Locations

Interested in Sustainability? Join this Elected Members Network

An Elected Members group canvassing Local Government sustainability issues is open to new members.

The group will host online and in-person field trips, discussions, and training on topics ranging from design and transport to waste reduction, community engagement and the circular economy.

The first Network catchup for 2023 will be a presentation by Murdoch University senior lecturer Allan Johnstone on sustainable, compact urban development and its connection to urban transport.
  • Details: Murdoch University, 24 February, 3:30 – 5pm.
All elected members are welcome to join. Contact Victoria Park Cr Peter Devereux for more information on the group or to RSVP to the presentation at or 0448 994 930.

Interested Elected Members can join the Network for coffee from 8am on Friday, 17 February before the WALGA Urban Forest Conference at Curtin University.

Economic Development Essentials for Elected Members

This virtual training course will empower community leaders to drive and support inclusive, sustainable economic development.

It is delivered by Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development professionals.

The training help Local Government leaders understand key principles of economic recovery and how to build economic resilience in their communities.

Thursday, 16 February via Zoom
Trainers: Patrick Fensham and Thomas Milverton

More upcoming training opportunities

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Have Your Say on E-Waste to Landfill Ban

The State Government has committed to a ban on e-waste disposal to landfill by 2024.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has released the E-waste to Landfill Ban in Western Australia: Consultation Paper which outlines the scope and approach to the proposed ban. 

WALGA will be developing a submission on the proposal. To provide input email by COB Wednesday 15 February.
Register here
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