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New strategy to power electric vehicles in Western Australia14706Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and 29260html30/11/2020 5:08:57 AM2020-11-30T05:05:00Z Electric Vehicle Strategy to reduce emissions, drive economic growth and create jobs A key part of the Western Australian Climate Policy, the EV Strategy will support the uptake of electric vehicles in Western Australia Strategy includes creation of Australia's longest electric vehicle charging network McGowan Government investing almost $21 million in an Electric Vehicle Fund The McGowan Government is steering towards a cleaner future with the release of Western Australia's first ever Electric Vehicle Strategy. The strategy will be accompanied by the almost $21 million Electric Vehicle Fund - including the largest single investment in EV charging infrastructure in Australia by a State or Territory Government. The strategy is a key element of the Western Australian Climate Policy that commits to delivering a cleaner, more sustainable environment through the increased uptake of low and zero emission vehicles. The strategy will facilitate the creation of Australia's longest, and one of the world's longest, electric vehicle charging infrastructure networks - from Perth to Kununurra in the North, Esperance in the South and Kalgoorlie in the East. Western Australians and visitors will be able to access fast charging stations along major travel routes in the regions, town and city centres, and tourism sites. Construction of the network will also create jobs in metropolitan and regional areas. The State Government will lead by example by increasing its own fleet of electric vehicles, committing to a target of acquiring at least 25 per cent electric vehicles across eligible vehicles in the State fleet. To support the State Government's electric vehicle fleet target, electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in government buildings. The strategy will also facilitate EV uptake by developing and updating standards, guidelines, and requirements for planning approval, as well as improving levels of consumer awareness and knowledge. Global and domestic uptake of electric vehicles also presents significant opportunities for industry and jobs growth in WA. In recognition of this, the strategy supports the uptake of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, aligned with the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, as well as the initiatives in the Future Battery Industry Strategy released in 2019. In 2019, the McGowan Government committed to working with all sectors of the economy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The adoption of electric vehicles powered by increasing levels of renewable energy will be fundamental to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Electric vehicles provide a pathway towards decarbonising road transport and improving air quality in Western Australia. The industry also has huge potential to create jobs for Western Australians. "Western Australia has the skills, infrastructure and standards to become a key player in the global battery value chain. "The global uptake of electric vehicles is one of the most exciting opportunities for Western Australia to create jobs and support economic growth the economy as part of the low-carbon transition." Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "This announcement represents an exciting time in Western Australia, with the state contributing some of the most significant funds of any Australian jurisdiction towards charging infrastructure that will facilitate the uptake of this environmentally sustainable technology. "The EV Strategy will see Western Australia become home to one of the world's longest electric vehicle charging infrastructure networks in a single state, enabling drivers of low or zero emissions vehicle to travel from Perth to Kununurra in the north, Esperance in the south and Kalgoorlie in the east." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The actions outlined in this Strategy are an important element of the Government's Western Australian Climate Policy. "Increasing the uptake of electric vehicles is an important element to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the McGowan Government's aspiration of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Climate policy supports Western Australia’s low-carbon future14629Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA The McGowan Labor Government has released 20250html30/11/2020 5:03:24 AM2020-11-30T05:00:00Z Western Australian Climate Policy outlines exciting opportunities for new cleaner industries and supports transition to a low carbon economy Follows commitment to work with all sectors of the economy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 Policy focuses on reducing emissions, while creating jobs and growing the economy New initiatives include $21 million Electric Vehicle Strategy, a $15 million Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program, more than $100 million towards the 100 megawatt big battery and commitment to reduce emissions across WA's public sector Builds on initiatives already underway as part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan The McGowan Labor Government has released the Western Australian Climate Policy, outlining actions to create a low carbon future and create jobs in clean industries to support WA's economic recovery. The policy will ensure our environment, economy and the community are more resilient and better prepared for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. It includes actions to drive our transition to net zero emissions by 2050. It focuses on six key areas - clean manufacturing and future industries; transforming energy generation and use; storing carbon and caring for our landscapes; lower carbon transport; resilient cities and regions; and government leadership. The policy includes a significant investment in low carbon initiatives, including $21 million for an Electric Vehicle Strategy; more than $100 million towards the 100 megawatt big battery; $15 million for the WA Carbon Farming Strategy and Land Restoration Program; $3.1 million for the Climate Science Program for improved climate change projections; Plan for a net zero transition across WA's public sector; $15 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund, plus $13 million funding to support the fledgling industry; $60 million Green Jobs Plan; $9.2 million Clean Energy Future Fund; Renewable Hydrogen Strategy; and The Future Battery Industry Strategy.The Western Australian Climate Policy coincides with the release of the $21 million Electric Vehicle Strategy, a new plan to support improved uptake of electric vehicles and facilitate a low emissions transport sector. The Strategy includes an action plan to support further uptake of electric vehicles, including a State-wide charging network and government investment in electric fleet vehicles. The Climate Policy also includes a commitment for a WA Carbon Farming Strategy to enhance participation in carbon farming, empower traditional owners and deliver regional jobs across the State. Carbon farming will be a key part of the State's commitment to work with all sectors of the economy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and the strategy will significantly increase the supply of WA carbon offsets and capitalise on the growing local and international demand for carbon credits. The policy also includes a $15 million Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program to support carbon farming projects on freehold land, develop new agricultural management techniques, restore natural landscapes, and support sustainability of the regions. The Climate Policy also includes a suite of initiatives to support adaptation planning and climate resilience, including a $3.1 million Climate Science Program to develop improved climate change projections. The McGowan Government has allocated more than $100 million towards the 100 megawatt big battery to support integration of more renewable energy and improve grid security. The 100 megawatt big battery will have the capacity to power 160,000 homes for two hours, and will be housed at the decommissioned Kwinana Power Station. It's expected a contract will be awarded by May 2021 and the battery could be operational by September 2022. Other commitments include a net zero transition across the public sector, scenario modelling for a zero-emissions electricity sector and the development of sectoral strategies to guide the transition across the State's key economic sectors. The policy builds on existing initiatives over the last two years including a Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, $15 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund, $60 million Green Jobs Plan, Future Battery Industry Strategy and $9.2 million Clean Energy Future Fund which received an additional $10 million as part of the WA Recovery Plan. Read about the State Government's climate change actions and consultation findings here. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Western Australian Climate Policy emphasises the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this State, increasing jobs and growing our economy as we continue our recovery from COVID-19. "It ensures Western Australia uses the levers available to us as a State to reduce the impacts of climate change. The State Government will continue to advocate for national, uniform action to reduce emissions "The policy commits to tangible initiatives to enhance climate resilience, transition the State to a low carbon economy, and help the community to adapt to the impacts of climate change. "It positions Western Australia to respond decisively to climate change and to capture opportunities of a low carbon future as we continue on the path to recovery. "It will also leverage our State's enormous natural advantages to build clean industries, and jobs that come with it, and transition existing industries to low carbon operations." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This policy demonstrates the State Government's commitment to work with all sectors of the economy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. "The policy enhances Western Australia's climate resilience and capacity to thrive in a low-carbon future. "These actions accelerate the energy and technology transformations already underway and assist in building a cleaner, greener economy. "A co-ordinated approach to climate change will ensure we contribute to national emissions reductions and leverage our competitive advantages as an emerging clean energy superpower." Premier's office - 6552 5000Minister's office - 6552 5800
Tidy Towns 2020 Awards winners announced14557Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 12330html27/11/2020 7:01:52 AM2020-11-27T07:00:00Z 40 applications received for seven award categories Narrogin named overall 2020 State winnerCommunities around Western Australia are celebrating following the announcement of the winners in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities 2020 Awards. This year's overall State winner is Narrogin. The Wheatbelt community 192 kilometres south-east of Perth was a finalist in four categories and was praised by judges for the huge amount of work that has gone into improving the appearance and accessibility of the town for all community members. The Shire has worked with community groups and residents to support initiatives such as the Gnarojin Community Garden and the sensory garden. The gardens allow community members, particularly those living with dementia, to engage in food production activities and enjoy a café experience. Colourful new bin surrounds throughout the town have resulted in less litter on the ground and community action has also assisted in litter pick-ups. The development of bike paths, a collaborative BMX site, and restoration of the pavilion ensure Narrogin remains a beautiful place to live and visit. There were eight categories in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities 2020 Awards, including a new Community Action COVID Award to recognise initiatives taken to care for and connect community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Corrigin was the winner, with the Corrigin Community Resource Centre (CRC) hosting a photography project on social media to help keep people connected during the recent lockdown period. The community was encouraged to email the CRC one image that best captured their families staying at home. The tag line for the project was "Together We're Stronger". Banners of those pictures now adorn the main street. Other winners included Bridget Mason from Albany, this year's Young Legend. Bridget has volunteered more than 250 hours teaching people with disability how to surf, as well as assisting with Albany's Breakfast in the Park initiative. A link to the winners can be found on the Tidy Towns webpage. As well as a small cash prize, each community also receives signage to display in their town, to let visitors know about the win and also to serve as a reminder to members of that community about the recognition their town has earned. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Regional communities have faced considerable challenges in 2020 and Tidy Towns is an opportunity to celebrate some of the fantastic sustainable achievements that have taken place despite those difficulties. "The passion and drive of regional Western Australians is what makes communities unique and sustainable, and I congratulate all entrants, finalists and winners on setting such a fine example. "Many Western Australians have been wandering out yonder this year, meaning the whole State has benefitted from the efforts of people in our regional communities in making our regional centres even nicer places to visit." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Category Winner Finalists State Winner Narrogin Boddington Greenbushes Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kojonup Narrogin Port and South Hedland Litter Prevention & Waste Management Denham BoddingtonDenhamGeraldton KarrathaNarrogin Port and South Hedland Environmental Sustainability Wongan Hills Boddington Dumbleyung Kalgoorlie-Boulder KojonupPort and South Hedland Wongan Hills Environmental Education Boddington BoddingtonBroomeKalgoorlie-BoulderKojonupPia Wadjarri Wellstead Heritage & Culture Mount Magnet AlbanyCarnarvonDarkanMount Magnet Narembeen Narrogin Community Action & Wellbeing Albany Albany Boddington Narrogin WanderingWaroona Wongan Hills Community Action COVID Corrigin Corrigin GreenbushesKununurra Marble Bar Port and South Hedland Yandeyarra General Appearance Gascoyne Junction Gascoyne Junction Jarlmadangah BurruCity of Karratha (Dampier)Narrogin NorsemanWellstead Yandeyarra Leadership Award Yandeyarra - Trevor Delaport Young Legends Albany - Bridget Mason AlbanyBridgetown Collie GreenbushesKalgoorlie-Boulder Port and South Hedland
New short courses to support green jobs13758Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 14830html25/11/2020 3:14:14 AM2020-11-25T03:05:00Z ​Three new 'job-ready' skill sets are available to get Western Australians into conservation jobs Free for young people and job seekers to create pipeline of skilled workers $60 million investment in environmental projects as part of the WA Recovery Plan Green Jobs Plan is creating more than 1,000 conservation jobsTo meet the needs of Western Australia's job-creating conservation sector, the McGowan Government has announced three new job-ready skill sets to give Western Australians industry-relevant skills. The short courses, which will deliver the skills needed for entry level jobs created by the Green Jobs Plan, are part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative and are free for young people and job seekers of all ages. The Green Jobs Plan forms part of the WA Recovery Plan and includes $60.3 million to support projects that will protect the environment and create jobs. The training will provide employment opportunities including fencing, seeding, planting, managing threats, and improving native vegetation and habitat for fauna such as the Carnaby's Cockatoo. Developed in consultation with industry, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Muresk Institute the skill sets include Green Jobs - Safety Skill Set Green Jobs - Seed Collection Skill Set Green Jobs - Weed Control and Plant Propagation Skill Set The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation also committed $23 million to support the Green Jobs Plan including employment targets for those impacted by COVID-19. Course participants will gain skills needed by industry, including working safely in the industry to recognising commonly encountered plants, and how to collect, treat and store seeds for native revegetation projects. The skill sets can be used as a pathway to obtain a full qualification. The Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, Certificate II in Rural Operations and Certificate II in Horticulture are relevant qualifications that also offer half-price fees. Visit http//jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready for a list of training providers approved to deliver this skill set, or alternatively visit your local Jobs and Skills Centre or contact them on 13 64 64. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Green Jobs Plan is an important part of WA's economic and social recovery because it supports the conservation industries while creating pathways to future jobs. "Green jobs contribute to preserving and restoring the environment and these skill sets provide the skills and knowledge needed to get a job in conservation and land management. "Supporting green jobs helps protect WA's pristine natural environment while creating jobs in important industries." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "I'm proud to support Green Jobs in Western Australia - it helps protect WA's pristine natural environment, while creating jobs in important and emerging industries. "The Green Jobs Plan is also an important component of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan, which is helping drive WA's economic and social recovery across the whole State. "Ensuring our environment is not only protected, but enhanced through our Green Jobs Plan, will place Western Australia in an ideal position for economic recovery post COVID-19." Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
WA at the forefront of Aboriginal joint management11886Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 11980html24/11/2020 7:04:45 AM2020-11-24T07:00:00Z Review completed of the Conservation Legislation Amendment Act 2011 on joint management and customary activitiesThe McGowan Government is leading the way in successful joint management with traditional owners, as confirmed by a review into the functionality of Western Australia's joint management arrangements. A review of the amendments made to the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 in 2011 showed they were helping Aboriginal people to be meaningfully involved in the management of lands and waters to which they have a traditional connection. Since the 2011 amendments, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' (DBCA) joint management program has grown rapidly and is now a core part of business, with the establishment of 11 joint management bodies. As of November 1, 2020, over 40 parks and reserves, totalling more than 4.86 million hectares, are being jointly managed by traditional owners and DBCA. Further management partnerships will be negotiated across the State as part of the McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks initiative, which aims to create five million hectares of new national and marine parks and reserves in WA. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is committed to working with traditional owners to better manage country, and to provide a pathway for Aboriginal people to develop careers in land and sea management and conservation. "The legislation provides a crucial framework for negotiating and implementing native title agreements and creating new conservation areas. "DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service has a number of long-standing and successful joint management and employment arrangements with traditional owner groups and I look forward to more partnerships being established under Plan for Our Parks." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The review of the CALM Act confirms the success and importance of the State Government's joint management process. "Traditional owners have for thousands of years managed WA's unique and varied landscapes and by harnessing their knowledge we are able to care for our lands in the best way possible. "Importantly, joint management arrangements also provide ongoing social and economic benefits for Aboriginal communities by opening up job and training opportunities." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Nominations now open for the 2021 WasteSorted awards11865Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 6820html24/11/2020 12:19:44 AM2020-11-24T00:00:00Z Organisations and individuals encouraged to share waste-reduction success stories Opportunity for recognition across different award categories Nominations are now being sought for the new-look 2021 WasteSorted Awards. Formerly known as the Infinity Awards, the 2021 WasteSorted Awards will celebrate Western Australia's waste champions making positive waste change and recognise innovative solutions to reduce waste and improve reuse and recycling. Open to individuals, business and industry, government, schools, community organisations, not-for-profits and media outlets, the categories for 2021 include Avoid Recover Protect - Community Waste Award Avoid Recover Protect - Commercial and Industrial Waste Award Avoid Recover Protect - Waste Management Award Avoid Recover Protect - WA Regional Waste Award 2021 Waste Champion 2021 Young Waste Achiever Waste Team of the Year Waste Innovation of the Year Waste Wise School of the Year Media Award A further two awards - the 2021 WA Waste Award and the 2021 Waste Initiative of the Year - may be awarded at the judge's discretion. Nominations for the 2021 WasteSorted Awards are now open and will close at 5pm (WST) on Tuesday February, 2 2021. Late entries will not be accepted. Full details, including criteria and entry forms, can be found on the https//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/about/view/wastesorted-awards Winners will be announced in May 2021. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "It's been a big year for the waste industry with many individuals and organisations achieving great outcomes across our State. "The WasteSorted Awards provide an opportunity to recognise Western Australia's waste champions and shine a light on these amazing projects at the same time. "I strongly encourage everyone to put their projects forward and enter the 2021 WasteSorted Awards." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Joint media statement - Environmental offsets agreement a win for the Pilbara11815Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 14070html19/11/2020 7:17:09 AM2020-11-19T05:10:00ZThe Morrison Government has reached a landmark agreement with Western Australia to expand one of the nation's key conservation programs to better protect the unique Pilbara environment. The agreement means that the Pilbara Environmental Offset Fund will now be able to receive and deploy the environmental offset monies paid by industry under both State and Commonwealth environmental legislation. The McGowan Government established the Fund in 2018, and an implementation plan for the Fund, developed with Commonwealth input, was released in November 2019. The addition of Commonwealth offset funds will allow larger conservation programs across the Pilbara, including the 'nesting' of projects to improve habitat and reduce threats for nationally-protected species. Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the alignment will also provide a more streamlined one-stop process for proponents in delivering offsets under both State and Commonwealth regulation. They will now be able to engage with a single agency, the Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, who administer the Fund, for delivery of offsets. "The fund operates as a partnership between the Western Australian Government and Traditional Owners, conservation agencies, industry and governments to improve and restore ecological habitats impacted by development in the Pilbara region," Minister Ley said. "Environmental offset contributions from proponents will be paid into the Fund and the money will be invested in projects to restore vegetation and habitat across the Pilbara over the longer term. "The Fund will overcome challenges faced by approval holders in accessing and securing land to deliver their own offset projects, but will not reduce their obligations to meet conditions of approval for minimising and rehabilitating environmental impacts." Expansion of the program scope to include Commonwealth matters will also provide a larger and more certain pipeline of conservation funding to support regional employment outside the mining sector, including Aboriginal rangers and groups, bolstering Western Australia's Green Jobs Plan on the road to COVID-19 recovery. Western Australian Minister for Environment, Disability Services and Electoral Affairs Stephen Dawson said that the Pilbara Environmental Offset Fund will deliver strategic and landscape scale programs in an area where deploying project-by-project offsets have becoming increasingly hard due to the complex and overlapping land tenure arrangements, and landscape scale threats. "The transparency of the fund's operation, the strong governance, the link to the publicly available offset register and the collaborative leadership and oversight of all sectors including Traditional Owners makes this one of the most robust offset models in Australia," Minister Dawson said. "With the same governance now applied to State and Commonwealth offsets we can have great confidence in delivering real benefits on the ground and know this will be demonstrated and reported. "We had anticipated at least $90 million of conservation investments via this program over the next 30 years. Increasing this by including the EPBC Act offsets will allow both State and Commonwealth values that exist in the same area to be protected and improved together and to a greater landscape scale." The Commonwealth and State Governments have been working on the approach for over twelve months together with progressing the renewal of the bilateral assessment agreement. Further information available https//www.wa.gov.au/service/environment/business-and-community-assistance/program-pilbara-environmental-offsets-fund Minister's office - 6552 5800
William Bay National Park now open11752Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 11680html17/11/2020 4:02:03 AM2020-11-17T04:00:00Z William Bay National Park including Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks now open Parking capacity has doubled to accommodate more than 200 vehicles The McGowan Government has today announced the completion of the first two stages of the William Bay National Park renewal project and reopening of the park to the public. In 2019, the State Government invested $4.4 million over two years to renew ageing visitor infrastructure in the park and to protect the fragile coastal vegetation. The visitor experience is now better than ever with the completion of newly sealed roads and car parks, toilet blocks, picnic tables, bicycle racks, and signage. The new design has allowed provision for more than 200 parking bays, more than doubling the parking capacity in the park, including 182 standard car bays, a number of disability parking bays, 10 long vehicle bays, 15 motorcycle and two coach bays in the Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks areas. The park's diverse landscapes and turquoise waters attract more than 300,000 visits each year with this number expected to increase as a direct result of these upgrades. Safer roads, improved parking facilities and improved pedestrian pathways will cater to the high visitor numbers at William Bay National Park, helping to drive tourism in the Great Southern region. This exciting project has been delivered by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and its contractors, in consultation with traditional owners, the Great Southern Development Commission and the Denmark Shire. The next stage of the renewal project is now underway and will include upgrading access paths to beaches and design and construction of new lookouts and installation of interpretative signage. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government would like to thank the local contractors for their outstanding contribution to this project and also acknowledge the support and understanding of the local community as this important upgrade was undertaken. "Now completed, these upgrades will enhance the visitor experience in the park that is both an environmental treasure and tourism asset for Western Australia. "2.6km of Madfish Bay Road has now been sealed, creating easier and safer access to the eastern end of the park. "Projects such as these not only encourage Western Australians to wander out yonder, they create regional jobs, support small and medium sized businesses, and promote economic prosperity in regional areas." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Green light for improved Environmental Protection Act11684Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 21420html12/11/2020 7:46:36 AM2020-11-12T07:45:00Z Amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 passed by WA Parliament Paves the way for increased environmental protection while stimulating the economy and creating jobsThe most significant reform of Western Australia's environmental legislation in more than 30 years has been given the green light, with the Upper House passing a raft of amendments to modernise the Environmental Protection Act 1986. As Western Australia's primary environmental protection legislation, the Environmental Protection Act 1986 provides the legal framework for the environmental impact assessment by the Environmental Protection Authority. The Act also regulates emissions, discharges and the clearing of native vegetation. Reforms in the Amendment Act include streamlining the environmental impact assessment process, improving the pathway for regulation of native vegetation clearing, improving the efficiency of regulating emissions and discharges, modernising and improving investigation and enforcement powers, and increasing penalties for certain environmental offences. Amendments have been made to ensure native vegetation clearing provisions are efficient, targeted, flexible and transparent while ensuring the protection of areas with important environmental values. The Bill will facilitate an approvals bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth that will remove duplication for proposals assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority, including major resources projects. This will reduce timeframes and costs whilst maintaining the highest environmental standards. The amendments in the Bill were drawn from reviews and recommendations by expert advisory groups to deliver a modern Act to simplify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obligations on industry, while maintaining strong environmental protection and standards. By improving regulatory processes, the amendments will support investment, employment and business creation, and ensure Western Australia's environmental values remain protected. The public consultation process generated 101 submissions and found broad support for the amendments. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "These amendments represent the most significant improvements to Western Australia's Environmental Protection Act since it was introduced in 1986. "It helps ensure protection for our precious environment through efficient environmental legislation working to support a sustainable economy. This is particularly important as part of the State's recovery response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "These improvements simplify and reduce unnecessary regulation, while maintaining strong environmental protection and standards. This will result in reduced costs to industry and government, encourage business development and create jobs, while protecting Western Australia's precious environment." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Kings Park Education’s popular Noongar cultural festivals are back11682Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 8600html12/11/2020 6:02:27 AM2020-11-12T06:00:00Z Kings Park Education's popular Noongar Boodja Six Seasons festivals are back for 2021 Local Aboriginal presenters will share their knowledge of the six seasons of Noongar culture with primary school students across PerthKings Park Education is excited to launch its Noongar Boodja Six Seasons festivals for 2021, a celebration of local Aboriginal culture, proudly presented by Fugro. The six three-day 'mini-festivals' will celebrate the changing seasons and invite primary school students to learn about Aboriginal culture in the heart of Whadjuk Noongar Country. Local Aboriginal educators will share their knowledge of the six seasons of Noongar culture through fun, interactive programs showing students how traditional Noongar life changed with the seasons of the year. Students will participate in cultural activities linked to each season including hunting, plant uses for food and medicine, language, art, dance and traditional games. The program will enhance respect for Aboriginal people, appreciation for diversity in our community and a sense of responsibility for caring for our natural environment. Fugro has been a valued supporter of Aboriginal cultural education in Kings Park for years and is pleased to be extending its support of the popular Noongar Boodja Six Season festivals. For more information and to book, visit http//www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/education Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Kings Park Education welcomes nearly 30,000 students each year who take part in a range of interactive programs across three streams - STEM, cultural heritage and wellbeing. "Kings Park Education is a leader in providing immersive cultural heritage programs to school students in Western Australia. "Eighteen days of Noongar Boodja Six Seasons festivals across 2021 will provide up to 5,000 students the opportunity to join in the action-packed program and learn more about the value of caring for Country (Noongar boodja-k katitjin)." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Call for ecotourism proposals for Wellington National Park11675Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 10550html12/11/2020 12:42:40 AM2020-11-12T00:05:00Z Registrations of interest open for Wellington National Park ecotourism proposals Part of the $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiativeThe McGowan Government is calling for private sector proposals to develop ecotourism and adventure activities in Wellington National Park near Collie. The initiative is part of the $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative to establish Collie as a premier trail adventure town. Applications that will be considered as part of the competitive process include but are not limited to zip lines, high rope courses, facilities and services in the national park to support visitor trail use, and low-impact accommodation. The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is calling on commercial operators to register their interest before December 3, 2020. Following this, suitable applicants will be invited to submit detailed proposals. To register interest or find out more, visit http//www.tenders.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government has been working hard to facilitate more commercial nature-based tourism developments across WA, to encourage visitors to experience national parks and reserves in innovative and exciting ways and stimulate local economies. "The Premier recently announced a $150 million WA Recovery Plan investment to support our tourism sector as it manages the impacts of COVID-19, and we encourage people to 'wander out yonder' and explore the many nature-based activities WA has to offer. "Wellington National Park is set to expand under the Plan for Our Parks initiative, so it is fitting that we enhance sustainable, accessible nature-based activities within the park." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "Thanks to the McGowan Government's $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative, Wellington National Park is fast becoming a mountain bike trail and walk trail centre. "We want to encourage people to not just pass through the park, but spend significant time there recreating and then support the local towns and businesses around it. "This Government is working to ensure a brighter future for the people of Collie-Preston by creating a recreation and conservation hotspot, boosting regional tourism and creating jobs alongside existing adventure start-ups already in progress." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Recipients of waste reduction grants announced11674Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 18320html12/11/2020 12:37:32 AM2020-11-12T00:00:00Z $1.54 million provided to waste reduction and education programs Funding builds on $4.5 million in grants invested in WA since 2017 to minimise waste and improve recycling Thirteen Western Australian businesses, not-for-profits, local governments and community groups will share more than $1.5 million in community and business-based grants from the McGowan Government as part of its commitment to reduce waste in WA. Announcing the successful recipients today during National Recycling Week, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said he was excited to see the money go to such a diverse range of infrastructure and education-based projects. The WasteSorted Grants - Infrastructure and Community Education 2020-21, which replaced the Community and Industry Engagement program, support investment in local recycling infrastructure (grants of up to $250,000) or educational programs (grants of up to $50,000). The funding has been made available to businesses, charitable recycling organisations, local governments, regional councils, peak industry bodies, not-for-profit organisations, and research and educational institutions. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has provided $4.5 million in grants for Western Australian projects which improve the recovery and reuse of focus materials including plastics, construction and demolition waste, textiles, and food organics and garden organics. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The WasteSorted Grants present a fantastic opportunity for projects that address the State Government's waste management priorities to help Western Australia become a more sustainable low waste community, create local jobs and help get the economy back on track. "This program is just one way we can support industry and the community and bring some of the best waste projects to life. "Congratulations to all successful funding recipients in this round. I look forward to seeing the outcomes of your projects and initiatives." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Recipients of the WasteSorted Grants - Infrastructure and Community Education 2020-21 Adarsh Pty Ltd - Wastepaper recycling and pulp product manufacturing ($250,000)This project includes the purchase and deployment of a recycled fibre moulded packaging manufacturing machine. Capable of producing high-volume, low-cost products for packaging and industry, this process will recycle WA paper and cardboard in a sustainable manner. Location Malaga. City of Greater Geraldton - Meru Waste Disposal Composting Facility ($176,000)This project is for the expansion and construction of a concrete FOGO sorting and processing pad at the Meru Landfill Waste Facility for the City of Greater Geraldton residents, commercial and neighbouring shires to divert 9,500 tonnes of compostable material from landfill. Location Narngulu, Geraldton. Fulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd - Use of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), glass and plastics in asphalt manufacture ($250,000)Current use of recycled asphalt pavement in WA is limited with significant quantities being sent to landfill. The project will provide an appropriate storage facility that complies with Main Roads Specification 511 and increases the use of recycled asphalt. Location Hazelmere. Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) - Tackling a Troublesome Two Provision of drop-off points for expanded polystyrene and aerosols in Perth's Eastern Region ($65,775)Perth's eastern region currently lacks locations where empty aerosols and polystyrene can be dropped off, resulting in them being landfilled. This project will establish a drop-off point in each EMRC's member council and will be supported by a comprehensive waste education program. Location Multiple sites in Perth's eastern region. Members Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Kalamunda, Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan. Perth Bin Hire (Appala Holdings Pty Ltd) - Glass Bottle to Bottle Recycling Project ($250,000)Develop glass processing operations to enable the supply of 45,000 tonnes of furnace-ready cullet from material recovery facility glass to Orora Packaging for the manufacture of new glass bottles and other higher order of uses for customers in Australia and internationally. Location Postans. Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) - FOGO decontamination with slow speed shredder ($250,000)Installation of a slow speed shredder to prepare food organics and garden organics or FOGO materials before removal of contamination prior to composting. This results in a more manageable feedstock to be processed through screens, density separators and hand sorting, and a significant improvement in the recovery rate of clean organics. Location Canning Vale. City of Wanneroo - WasteSorted - talking my language! ($41,547)Through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the City of Wanneroo will develop and distribute a variety of multilingual learning resources that add value to the WasteSorted tool kit and its effectiveness for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Location Wanneroo. Level 5 Design Pty Ltd - Toolbox Education Sessions to improve the amount of Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste used in road projects in the South-West ($35,000) The project aims to establish a regionally based on-site toolbox education program in C&D waste and resource recovery to facilitate better recovery, separation, sorting, and transfer of C&D waste materials for reuse in regional roads (e.g. Bunbury Outer Ring Road) and other local infrastructure. The Toolbox session program is planned to be conducted at 30 construction and demolition sites throughout the South-West region. Location Bunbury/South-West region. Bunbury Harvey Regional Council - Watch Your Waste and Be a GREAT Sort education campaign using the WasteSorted Toolkit ($48,058)This education campaign integrates Be a GREAT Sort and the newly developed WasteSorted resources for the three bin system. The campaign amplifies the Be a GREAT Sort campaign into the South-West and provides consistent messaging developed using evidence-based data from local waste audits. Location Bunbury/Harvey. Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) - Circular Economy Training and Capacity Building ($50,000)The EMRC will work with the Circular Economy Alliance Australia to develop and deliver high level capacity-building training packages (course materials, presentations and videos) and programs targeted towards key people across all tiers of government, business, industry and the community sector, to ensure WA becomes the leader and 'go to' State in terms of achieving a circular economy. Location Not site specific. WALGA - Better Practice Resource Recovery in Multiple Unit Dwellings - Guidelines and Pilot Project ($49,756) This project will develop and pilot better practice approaches to increase resource recovery from multiple unit dwellings, with a focus on the recovery of organics. Location Greater Perth region. Repair Café Fremantle - Repair Café Fremantle ($5,192)Repair Café Fremantle is a free, monthly repair session for all community members facilitated by local volunteers. It aims to reduce waste to landfill and encourage the retention of repair practice and waste minimisation. Location Fremantle. Shire of East Pilbara - Engaging Newman in Waste Management ($23,085)The Shire of East Pilbara is engaging community members through a variety of waste and recycling engagement tools using the WasteSorted framework and translated into Martu Wangka, the language spoken by the custodians of Newman. The tools will encourage behaviour change in avoiding waste, recycling correctly and protecting the surrounding environment, and has potential as a template for wider Aboriginal engagement. Location East Pilbara. Curtin University - Development of Recycled Glass Concrete specifically for Western Australian conditions ($50,000) This research project will review the technical potential of recycled glass concrete and reduce both landfill glass waste and virgin sand mining in WA. This project will address specific technical performance issues in utilising recycled glass in concrete. This potential reuse will help glass waste to avoid landfill and encourage more local glass recycling. Location Perth.
Satellite surveillance catches illegal clearing of native vegetation11617Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 20030html11/11/2020 12:55:07 AM2020-11-11T00:00:00Z Almost nine hectares of native land illegally cleared Habitat of Carnaby's black cockatoo impacted by clearance A Bullsbrook market gardener has been fined $18,000 with costs of $618 after satellite imagery showed he had illegally cleared approximately 8.8 hectares of native vegetation. At Midland Magistrates Court, Quoc Tran, 40, pleaded guilty to clearing the land at Old West Road in 2017 without authorisation under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, following an investigation by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER). The unauthorised clearing was detected using satellite imagery obtained from the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, which DWER uses for a range of monitoring purposes. The DWER investigation showed banksia trees and other native species had been cleared and pushed into piles following a fire. Banksia woodlands on the Swan Coastal Plain are recognised as a threatened ecological community under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. While once this ecological community was almost continuous across much of its distribution, today it is highly fragmented. An application for a clearing permit had been made to the then Department of Environment and Conservation but was refused as the banksia woodland contained foraging habitat for the endangered Carnaby's black cockatoo. In court, Magistrate Kevin Tavener found Mr Tran had cleared the land for commercial purposes and said a substantial fine was necessary due to impact on the cockatoo habitat. DWER also issued Mr Tran with a vegetation conservation notice, requiring the land holder to re-establish and maintain native vegetation within the cleared area. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Adhering to decisions on clearing permit applications is vital to ensure that inappropriate clearing of native vegetation does not take place. "Clearing native vegetation after an application was refused is a serious matter as it undermines the integrity of Western Australia's environmental laws. "These laws have been carefully designed to manage the impacts on biodiversity, land conservation values and water resources from clearing of native vegetation. "I congratulate the team at DWER for another successful prosecution and their ongoing work on illegal clearing." Minister's office - 6552 5800
WA waste champions recognised to Infinity and beyond11593Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 23020html10/11/2020 1:09:52 AM2020-11-10T00:00:00Z Infinity Awards honour remarkable work in waste reduction Winners demonstrated waste avoidance, resource recovery and environment protection outcomes Western Australia's recycling and waste champions have been unveiled today with announcement of the 2020 Infinity Awards winners. The annual awards - run by the Waste Authority - recognise individuals, businesses, government, schools, community organisations, not-for-profits and media outlets for their innovative solutions to reduce waste and promote reuse and recycling. A shortlist of more than 100 nominations were assessed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Waste Authority. The calibre of entries was exceptionally high. The diversity of the nominees this year demonstrates better waste outcomes are being achieved for everything from large redevelopments right through to community projects and illustrates the commitment of many to make WA a better and more sustainable place to live. The winner of the Waste Wise School of the Year award is Augusta Primary School, which has been recognised for its approach to reducing and reusing waste, and educating the community. Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre took out the WA Regional Waste Award in recognition of the significant role it plays in recycling and diverting waste from landfill. The Community Waste Award went to zero waste food retailer Wasteless Pantry with its branches in Mundaring, Bassendean and Greenwood. This innovative business was commended for demonstrating waste avoidance in its operations and for championing community waste education. So successful is it in its zero-waste endeavours that in February 2020 customers refilled more than 5,000 containers and only generated an average of 1.7kg of waste. The nomination period for 2021, to be named the WasteSorted Awards, will be opened before the end of the year. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Infinity Awards acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Western Australians working towards a better waste future through improved waste practices and innovative waste solutions. "The quality of the entries in this year's awards was extremely high and all nominees should be very proud of the excellent work they are undertaking across our State. "Now more than ever, Western Australia has many individuals and organisations going the extra mile to achieve reductions in waste and an increase in resource recovery. "This week is National Recycling Week and so these awards are an ideal opportunity to recognise and reward the incredible work being done around the State to avoid and recover waste and protect the environment." Minister's office - 6552 5800 2020 Infinity Award finalists and winners Community Waste Award ​ Finalists Wasteless Pantry Pty Ltd Green Skills Inc - The Cloth Nappy Project Onya Ascot Park Council of Owners - Ascot Park Apartments Waste Project SecondBite WA Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), City of Melville, City of Kwinana, City of Fremantle, Town of East Fremantle, WREN, Fremantle Men’s Shed - Recycling Drop off Stations in SMRC region Scarborough Sunset Markets Winner Wasteless Pantry Wasteless Pantry has demonstrated waste avoidance in its own operations and has championed community waste education. These zero waste and bulk food stores have increased circular economy principles throughout the supply chain. In February 2020, customers refilled over 5,000 containers and only generated an average of 1.702kg of waste to landfill. Commercial and Industrial Waste Award ​ Finalists Department of Communities - Bentley 360 Project Merit Consulting Group - Wrapped Pipes Project IGO Limited - I-GO Green Waste Reduction Initiative Main Roads Western Australia - Roads to Reuse Pilot Trial Earthcare Recycling Environmental Engineers International Pty Ltd - Treatment of Alumina Refinery Waste Through SPORE Winner Department of Communities - Bentley 360 Project The 24ha Bentley 360 urban renewal project led by the Department of Communities has demonstrated best practice in avoiding and recovering commercial and industrial waste. Existing buildings were repurposed and the deconstruction of the Brownlie Towers resulted in 98 per cent of demolition materials being recycled, and 32,163 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill. Waste Management Award ​ Finalists Waste and Recycling Industry Association of Western Australia, Cleanaway WA, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, SUEZ WA, Western Australian Local Government Association - State Wide Guidelines for Kerbside Recycling Mindarie Regional Council - Winning Back Waste Write Solutions Australia - Organic Revolution Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council - Wood Waste Facility Rottnest Island Authority Sodexo and Rio Tinto City of Stirling - Championing Change Through Education and Actions Winner Waste and Recycling Industry Association of WA, Cleanaway WA, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, SUEZ WA and WA Local Government Association The State-wide guidelines for kerbside recycling demonstrate a collaborative approach to address the need to reduce contamination in kerbside recycling bins. A commonly agreed A-Z guide has been developed, to reduce confusion and guide householders in correctly disposing of their waste materials into the correct kerbside bin. Nearly all Local Governments with kerbside recycling have adopted the guidelines. WA Regional Waste Award ​ Finalists Boyup Brook - Community Resource Centre Recycling Hub City of Bunbury - Waste Education Team Ningaloo Bulk Foods ABC Foundation Ltd - Don’t Let Your Crop Rot IGO Limited - I-GO Green Waste Reduction Initiative Winner Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre The Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre has been a collection point for recyclable goods since 2018, allowing the community to embrace recycling and divert waste items from landfill. Waste Champion ​ Finalists Marcus Geisler Brandon Tomic Evette Wilson Nicolette Neveu-Abramczuk Winner Marcus Geisler Marcus Geisler has been a champion for waste reduction in Western Australia for many years. Mr Geisler’s sustained efforts in various roles within the waste sector have contributed to the State being well positioned to become a low waste, sustainable circular economy focused on protecting human health and the environment. Young Waste Achiever ​ Finalists Georgia Holt Charlotte Curtis-Davis AJ Smallberger Winner Georgia Holt Georgia Holt is a driving force in her community for environmental and social causes. Ms Holt advocated to the City of Kalamunda for a recycling and general waste bin to assist her in her regular clean-up days at Woodlupine Brook and was involved in selecting the bin location. Ms Holt met with 7-Eleven Chairman Michael Smith after identifying and writing to him to explain her environmental concerns that 7-Eleven’s “Slurpy and coffee cups” were a major litter item in Woodlupine Brook. Together they are now discussing ideas to reduce the environmental impact of disposable items. Waste Team of the Year ​ Finalists Volunteers of Toodyay Museums Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Ascot Park Council of Owners City of Bunbury Waste Services Team Wasteless Pantry Pty Ltd City of Wanneroo Waste Team Kinn & Co - The Waste Warriors Mindarie Regional Council - One Team Winner Volunteers of Toodyay Museums The Volunteers of Toodyay Museums are part of a small, dedicated team that have demonstrated a commitment to reducing waste and protecting heritage through Project Shingles. The team recovered approximately 21,000 shingles and prevented 12 tonnes of material from going to landfill. The recovered shingles are cleaned and sold as souvenirs or used as a unique canvas for craft people to work with. Waste Innovation of the Year ​ Finalists Merit Consulting Group - Wrapped Pipes Project Dr Yu Dong - Novel Bionanocomposite Films for Sustainable Food Packaging to Reduce Solid Waste Landfills Matter BinSense - Smarter Bins Aroona Alliance, Water Corporation - Harvesting struvite from digested sludge centrate Beenyup pilot plant Winner Merit Consulting Group Merit Consulting has brought an innovative approach to develop and implement a process to recover clean concrete and steel from over 10,000 lineal metres of contaminated pipe. Merit consulting designed and built a new processing facility that resulted in a diversion of 693 tonnes of waste to landfill, recovery of 350 tons of steel and the reuse of its process water. Waste Wise School of the Year ​ Finalists Augusta Primary School Hillcrest Primary School Mary’s Mount Primary School St Mary’s College Broome (Primary Campus) Bold Park Community School West Greenwood Primary School Parkfield Primary School Winner Augusta Primary School Augusta Primary School has demonstrated a multi-faceted approach to reducing and reusing waste and educating the community. In addition to worm farms and compost to recover organics from lunchboxes and the canteen, the school recovers all paper waste, and produces weed mats and firebricks for sale. Other materials that the Augusta Primary School collects for recycling are soft plastics, Nespresso pods, batteries, plastic bottle lids and bread tags. Media Award ​ Finalists Ms Claire Ottaviano, Echo News Ms Joanna Prendergast, ABC Mid-West Ms Tyne Logan, ABC Ms Lucy Jarvis, Community News Ms Emma Young, WAtoday ABC producer Ms Elicia Kennedy and reporter Ms Eliza Borrello Winner Claire Ottaviano, Echo News Claire Ottaviano has actively reported on several environmental and waste issues across the Perth Hills region, including active coverage of illegal dumping and implementation of FOGO. Environment and waste issues are of high importance to Echo News readership and Ms Ottaviano consistently maintains an active awareness of local activities which may impact upon the pristine nature of the area and is quick to address the waste concerns of the community.
More Perth and Peel households to go FOGO in 2020-2111580Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 17940html9/11/2020 2:05:37 AM2020-11-09T02:05:00Z McGowan Government commits $4.6 million to 18 Western Australian local governments An initial $1 million in 2020-21 to support nine local governments to transition to Better Bins Plus Go FOGO three-bin system and another nine already with FOGO to optimise servicesAlmost 200,000 more households will soon be able to recycle kitchen and garden waste using food organics and garden organics (FOGO) bin systems. Eighteen local governments have been offered funding this year from the McGowan Government to support their transition from two bins to the better practice three-bin FOGO kerbside collection service. This includes funding support for nine local governments, which made an early move to FOGO kerbside services, to optimise their existing three-bin services. Funding will be used to deliver further education to 100,000 households and to expand FOGO services to include multi-unit dwellings. This announcement - made during National Recycling Week - means that more than 250,000 households in the Perth and Peel region will be able to recycle all their organic waste and see it returned to their communities as compost. Many Western Australian households already have access to a three-bin system thanks to the previous Better Bins program. In most cases, the organics bin is for garden organic waste only. The new, higher performing three-bin FOGO service, which enables households to recycle both garden waste and kitchen waste, consists of a red-lidded bin for general waste, a yellow-lidded bin for co-mingled recycling, and a lime-green lidded bin for food organics and garden organics. The system can achieve recovery rates of more than 65 per cent and make the single biggest contribution to achieving the waste strategy material recovery targets for municipal solid waste. FOGO also delivers other environmental benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Compost derived from FOGO products can help soil quality and can be used locally, reducing the environmental and economic cost of transporting materials over long distances. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Better Bins Plus Go FOGO scheme is a real game changer; these services make a significant contribution to reducing waste in Western Australia and local governments that have introduced FOGO can increase recovery rates to more than 65 per cent. "Recycling supports around three times the number of jobs compared to waste disposal, and - as identified by a pilot scheme run by the City of Melville - higher recovery rates associated with FOGO can also reduce local government waste management costs. "The McGowan Government is committed to working with those local governments who have made the transition to the new three-bin system and are leading the way in waste management practices and deserve recognition for doing so. "I encourage other local governments and their communities to get behind this program, apply for funding for FOGO services and support WA's transition to more consistent and better performing waste management services." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Zoo celebrates Noongar seasons with new education program11579Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 9950html9/11/2020 2:02:04 AM2020-11-09T02:00:00Z New Perth Zoo education program celebrates Noongar seasons Lessons developed in conjunction with Djurandi Dreaming In celebration of NAIDOC Week, Perth Zoo has launched a new education program which honours the changing Noongar seasons. Gwabba Boodja (Beautiful Bushland) has been designed for pre-primary to Year 2 to develop a greater connection to the environment thanks to traditional knowledge. Through costume and storytelling, the program introduces children to the six Noongar seasons and the animals found in the South-West of Western Australia - many of which reside in the Zoo's Australian bushwalk. Developed in conjunction with Justin Martin, Owner/Operator of Djurandi Dreaming and Perth Zoo's educators, the lessons help children discover more about the animals of the South-West, the importance of country, and how the bush changes to meet the needs of the animals. Schools or teachers can book a lesson by visiting http//www.perthzoo.com.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "I am honoured to help launch Gwabba Boodja at Perth Zoo during NAIDOC Week. "Perth Zoo plays an important role in educating Western Australians. The Zoo sees more than 14 per cent of the State's school children for a formal education lesson every year, so it was important to us that we help our youngest Western Australians discover more about the world around them, thanks to the knowledge of the Whadjuk Noongar people. "Unlike the European calendar, there are six Noongar seasons in Western Australia's South-West region, which are indicated by changes in local plants and animals. "Thanks to this new program, students will come to understand that changing seasons are marked by the flowering of many different plants, the hibernation of reptiles and the moulting of swans rather than by looking at the dates on a calendar. "I have no doubt the lessons will be popular and will help inspire students to learn more about Whadjuk Noongar seasons, whilst developing a greater respect for the land on which the Zoo sits." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics - a roadmap to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics11573Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 27990html8/11/2020 2:30:02 AM2020-11-08T02:30:00Z A range of single-use plastics to be phased-out in Western Australia Education programs to support transition to a cleaner environment WWF-Australia hails WA as a plastic-free national leader 98 per cent of people surveyed want further action on plastics The McGowan Government has today announced a plan for a more sustainable future with a new strategy to reduce single-use plastics. The new policy comes backed by the Western Australian community; more than 98 per cent of those surveyed last year through the State Government's Let's not draw the short straw - reduce single-use plastics issues paper said they supported further action. Plan for Plastics (PfP) was unveiled today at Perth Zoo, which is on the frontline of conservation efforts in this State, treating 88 sea turtles over the past five years, many of which required care following the ingestion of plastics. The Zoo is also home to three Little Penguins; Charlie, Nelson and Gypsy, who presented with injuries consistent with marine rubbish altercations. All three have eye injuries, resulting in no or partial sight. Eye injuries are common when plastics or other marine debris punctures the eye or as a result of microplastic lodgement and irritation to the eye. PfP will be rolled out in two main stages. Regulations will be developed and implemented by 2023 for the State-wide phase-out of plastic plates, cutlery, stirrers, straws, thick plastic bags, polystyrene food containers and helium balloon releases. After these initial actions, the State Government will phase-out plastic barrier/produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, polystyrene packaging, microbeads, and oxo-degradable plastics. Separate to the PfP, the State Government is also consulting on an amendment to the Environmental Protection (Plastic Bags) Regulations 2018 to prohibit the use of plastic election bunting signage at polling places. Today's announcement puts WA on a path to become a plastic-free leader among other States and Territories across the nation. The World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia (WWF) has today updated its plastics scorecard for the country, hailing WA as a plastic-free national leader. PfP builds on the success of the lightweight plastic bag ban and the container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, delivered by the State Government to reduce the use, and increase recovery of plastics. The State Government acknowledges some people require single-use plastic items, such as straws, to maintain their quality of life and that alternatives (or going without) are not appropriate. Before any phase-out the Government will consult and discuss alternative measures closely with all sectors, particularly the disability, aged care and health sectors, to ensure measures are appropriate. A working group will be established to ensure any regulatory actions to phase-out plastic straws will not negatively impact people requiring straws to meet their life needs. This will include continued supply of certain single‑use plastics to those who need them. Phase-outs will be supported by education and behaviour change programs. Plastic-free precincts trials will be established to support community action to reduce single-use plastics, including food containers. The Government will also continue to consult widely and seek feedback from industry and experts on other single-use plastics and packaging including pre-packaged fruits and vegetables. More information about WA's Plan for Plastics can be found at http//www.dwer.wa.gov.au/single-use-plastic Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "WA's Plan for Plastics is a roadmap towards a more sustainable, plastic-free WA. "The time to act is now; plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to wildlife around the world and, in 2018-19, only 11 per cent of Australia's plastic waste was recycled with 89 per cent sent to landfill. "Reducing our dependence on single-use plastics will help reduce our impact on the environment, waste streams and human health. "I am committed to ensuring that the needs of people with disability, those with health conditions and others who rely on certain single-use plastic items are met. We will be consulting with the community to understand these needs. "Waste problems are a shared legacy. I look forward to the implementation of this Plan for Plastics so we all contribute to the protection of our environment for future generations." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Guniyan Binba Conservation Park joint management plan launched11413Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 9630html6/11/2020 9:02:02 AM2020-11-06T09:00:00Z Yawuru conservation estate in Broome now complete Yawuru traditional owners to manage land and sea country around BroomeA joint land management plan has officially been launched for Guniyan Binba Conservation Park in Broome. Spanning 2,511 hectares within the existing Yawuru conservation estate, Guniyan Binba Conservation Park is an intertidal reserve located from north of Broome to Willie Creek. The land will be jointly managed by Nyamba Buru Yawuru, the Shire of Broome and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service. Following consultation and collaborative development, the plan works to protect unique wildlife, celebrate cultural values and landmarks, and deliver sustainable nature-based tourism opportunities. Under the plan, Yawuru rangers will work on country to manage the land and protect important cultural heritage sites through a blend of traditional practices and modern science. Key features of the plan also aim to protect the diverse wildlife within the wetlands, and coastline where more than 170 bird species, unique invertebrate communities and endemic plant species reside. The Guniyan Binba joint management plan is available at http//www.dbca.wa.gov.au/managementplans Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Guniyan Binba Conservation Park holds immense cultural significance for the Yawuru people, and I am proud to see this joint management plan both highlighting and celebrating those cultural values. "For countless generations, Yawuru people have managed this country sustainably and used their knowledge of the natural environment and practices passed down from their ancestors. "And with Broome's growing population and infrastructure, more people are travelling north to take up nature-based tourism opportunities like visiting Cable Beach. "Not only does this plan have a strong emphasis on cultural values and unique wildlife, it also focuses on offering recreational activities in a way that remains environmentally sustainable and culturally appropriate." Minister's office - 6552 5800
WA mountain bike trails to be revamped under WA Recovery Plan11405Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 15990html6/11/2020 12:35:21 AM2020-11-06T00:00:00Z Works started at trail sites in Margaret River and Perth Hills New trails suitable for beginners and advanced ridersWorks have commenced on upgrades to two popular Western Australian mountain bike trails as part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. Mountain bike enthusiasts will soon enjoy new trails at The Pines in Margaret River and at the Goat Farm in Perth Hills. These trails will provide options for riders of all levels, from beginners looking for something leisurely to more advanced riders after a serious challenge. Construction has commenced for 13 new trails totalling 16km at The Pines in Margaret River, with Stage 1 due to be completed by the end of the year. At the Goat Farm in Perth Hills, new trails are being constructed at various difficulty levels, with proposed trail development due for completion in mid-2022. Phase one trail development has commenced this month and consists 11 new trails with a total length of 14km. Construction works are being completed by local contractors to provide jobs and further drive economic and social recovery. In August, under the WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Government announced $12.78 million for trails projects throughout the Great Southern Region. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Trail riding is one of the world's fasting growing sport and recreation pursuits, and we expect these new trails will attract tourists and locals alike to these areas. "The McGowan Government recognises the value of our State's national parks, reserves and forests and is committed to creating new ways for visitors to get out and enjoy them while protecting and connecting with nature. "Not only do these upgrades improve amenities and opportunities for riders, the construction provides another boost to the local economy as we engage local workers and companies." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New Environmental Protection Authority Deputy Chair appointed144Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 20660html6/11/2020 12:18:44 AM2020-11-05T22:05:00Z Ms Lee McIntosh appointed as Deputy Chair of Environmental Protection Authority Strong background in all aspects of environmental law will help lead EPA into futureEnvironment Minister Stephen Dawson has today welcomed Lee McIntosh as Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA Board is an independent Authority comprised of five members, which provides government with independent advice and environmental recommendations. Ms McIntosh was successful in her nomination as Member and Deputy Chair of the EPA Board for a term of five years beginning November 18, 2020 and will replace Robert Harvey who has been Deputy Chair for almost eight years. Ms McIntosh has more than 20 years' experience practicing as an environmental lawyer. She has extensive experience in corporate, government and community sectors, been active in several environmental law policy and reform initiatives, lectured and tutored in environmental law and worked across all areas of environmental law assessment and approvals. Ms McIntosh has also held roles on several government and community boards and provided advice on the environmental approval and social licence issues associated with some of Western Australia's most significant projects. The EPA's operations are governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1986 which stipulates an objective of the EPA is to 'use its best endeavours to protect the environment'. Board members are appointed by the Governor of Western Australia, on the nomination of the Environment Minister. Recruitment for a replacement for outgoing Chair Dr Tom Hatton, who completed his five-year term this week, is underway. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "I welcome Lee McIntosh to the EPA Board. She brings a broad range of experience in environmental law and has a vast knowledge on environmental due diligence issues, heritage, offsets and assessment and approvals processes. "I also wanted to acknowledge and thank outgoing Chair Dr Tom Hatton and Deputy Chair Robert Harvey for the dedication and expertise they have brought to the Board in recent years. "In particular, of note was Dr Hatton's leadership in overseeing changes in environmental impact assessment and policy that led to the EPA being recognised with an International Association for Impact Assessment award last year." Minister's office - 6552 5800