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Perth Biodiversity Milestone Awards
Perth Biodiversity Milestone Awards

Local Biodiversity Conservation Efforts Recognised

Over the past year, three Local Governments achieved a milestone in the biodiversity conservation planning process and were recognised at the 2011 Local Government Convention in Perth. The Awards were presented at a biodiversity and climate change recognition breakfast event hosted by WALGA’s President, Mayor Troy Pickard.

Hon Bill Marmion, Minister for Environment; Water who presented the Awards commended the achievements of Local Governments for their efforts towards measurable and sustainable biodiversity conservation outcomes.

The City of Wanneroo has through Council resolution adopted a final Local Biodiversity Strategy including an Action Plan that is time specific, with measurable outcomes and a spatial plan. This is a key milestone in the local biodiversity conservation process. The City is now working on implementation of the recommended actions such as integration of the endorsed biodiversity conservation objectives into their planning framework, including introduction of a new conservation reservation into its Local Planning Scheme and a Local Planning Policy for Conservation Public Open Space. This is a major achievement and the City deserves a special commendation.

The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale was recognised for adopting a Private Landholders Incentives Strategy. The Private Landholder Incentives Strategy is one of the key components of the Shire’s implementation of local biodiversity conservation objectives agreed to through the Local Biodiversity Strategy. The Shire’s dedicated team have previously demonstrated their on-going commitment to environmental protection, often exploring new innovative ways of achieving sustainable outcomes. In fact, their Healthy Habitat program, one of the Private Landholder Incentives, received special commendation at the 2010 Local Government Biodiversity Awards.

The Town of Cambridge received an award for adopting a 5 year action plan for management of its bushland reserves.  With funding support through the last round of PBP’s Targeted Grants, the Town prepared an action plan for the next five years, to address key threats to biodiversity values in local nature reserves. The action plan was endorsed by the Council in April 2011.

Congratulations to these Local Governments for their commitment to local biodiversity conservation.

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