As land managers, service providers and government regulators, Local Government plays an important role in seeking to balance infrastructure and community needs with environmental conservation and sustainability. WALGA produces a number of resources which are aimed at assisting Local Governments find this balance whilst managing native vegetation in their area. The following resources are available:

Road Reserve Asset Management Plan (RRAMP)

This resource helps Local Governments to balance native vegetation management within road reserves with road infrastructure upgrade and maintenance.

NAIA Templates and database

Four Natural Area Initial Assessment (NAIA) templates were developed to help Local Governments assess site-specific ecological values, biodiversity significance and threats.  The templates mean data collection and assessment is consistent with regional scientific standards.
A database is available for Local Governments to store the data they collected using the NAIA Templates

Strategic Purpose Permit (Native Vegetation Clearing) for Local Governments

In April 2017, the Department of Environment Regulation introduced a new Strategic Purpose Permit for native vegetation clearing for minor infrastructure projects. This permit allows delivery of multiple small scale projects across a Local Government under the provisions of a single permit.
Project delivery is further streamlined with the use of WALGA’s Environmental Planning Tool.
The main benefits of the Strategic Purpose Permit for minor infrastructure projects include:

  • Reduced timeframes in meeting regulatory requirements associated with clearing native vegetation for purposes not exempt under Regulations and Schedule 6 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (from the 60-90 days for normal Clearing Permit application to 20-30 days for a decision where requested under the Strategic Purpose Permit provisions)
  • An ability to deliver unlimited number of minor infrastructure projects with a clearing footprint up to 1 ha of vegetation each.
For information on access to the Environmental Planning Tool and its use, contact Renata Zelinova, Business Development Officer (Environmental Planning Tool) on 9213 2521 or email to rzelinova@walga.asn.au.
 

Native Vegetation Status Statistics

To identify the extent of native vegetation by vegetation type remaining within Local Government, two sets of statistics are prepared annually by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. To access the datasets, visit www.data.gov.au/datasets and search for:

DBCA Statewide Vegetation Statistics (Based on Beard Vegetation mapping); and/or
DBCA South West Vegetation Complex Statistics.