Waroona Community Planning

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The Shire of Waroona is undertaking a review of its Strategic Community Plan (SCP). The SCP will link the community’s aspirations with the Council’s vision and long term strategy. We need to hear from community to be clear on what those aspirations are.

The below survey provides Shire residents and ratepayers with an opportunity to contribute to the review of the Plan. It summarises the existing SCP which identifies detailed areas of future emphasis and where actions need to be pursued over the next 10 years.

To assist the Shire to understand what is important to you, please complete this online survey by clicking on the link below.

Click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShireofWaroonaCSP
Surveys must be completed before Thursday 20th October 2016.

All residents and rate payers of the Shire of Waroona will be eligible to enter a prize draw after completing a survey. The prize is 1 adult 6 month Gold Membership at the Waroona Recreation Centre.

If you have any questions regarding this survey or the development of the SCP, please contact Maria Price on (08) 9582 9228 or email us at sdfglobal@sustain.net.au. Alternatively please contact John Crothers (Coordinator Corporate Planning/Project Officer) at the Shire of Waroona on (08) 9733 7830.

More protection for our local woodlands

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The Federal Department of the Environment and Energy has issued the following statement:

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg, has approved the inclusion of the Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain on the list of threatened ecological communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, in the endangered category. This listing became effective on 16 September 2016.

Thanks to those that provide submissions and other input during the assessment and consultation period.

The approved conservation advice and indicative distribution map are on the Department’s website at http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicshowcommunity.pl?id=131&status=Endangered

Key points:

  • The Banksia Woodlands ecological community provides vital habitat for a number of nationally threatened species such as Carnaby’s and forest red-tailed black cockatoos. It also provides significant ecosystem services to the Perth region and beyond, as well as natural amenity and recreation.
  • The national Threatened Species Scientific Committee found that the ecological community is highly threatened. Its extent has declined significantly — by about 60 per cent overall, with most remaining patches very small in size. This very restricted geographic distribution is likely to lead to the local loss of many plants, animals and ecosystem function unless the decline is addressed.
  • The national Conservation Advice identifies current threats to the ecological community, including land clearing for development and associated fragmentation, dieback diseases (e.g. Phytophthora), invasive weeds and feral animals, changes to fire regimes, hydrological degradation (including changes to groundwater), climate change and other disturbances to remaining patches. Given the great extent of past damage to the ecological community, these threats are likely to lead to its loss, unless it is protected and restored. This is why it has been listed as ‘endangered’.
  • National listing is an important step in securing the future of the Banksia Woodlands by:

– raising awareness and priority actions to combat threats

– requiring consideration of the impact of major new developments on the woodlands

– encouraging priority support for conservation and recovery efforts, including through Australian Government funding initiatives such as the upcoming round of the 20 Million Trees initiative.

  • Listing the Banksia Woodlands ecological community under the EPBC Act means that an activity that is likely to have a significant impact on the ecological community would need to be considered and approved at the national level before proceeding. For example, activities such as large new developments, works or infrastructure, that involve permanently clearing large areas of intact and high-quality native vegetation.
  • The conservation advice includes minimum condition thresholds to help identify the highest quality remnants where an approval may be necessary.
  • Routine property maintenance and land management practices carried out in line with local laws and guidelines covering native vegetation are typically unlikely to require consideration under national environment law. This includes most farming activities and managing fire breaks.
  • The Conservation Advice outlines a range of priority research and management actions that provide guidance on how to protect, manage and restore the ecological community. It encourages a co-ordinated, ecosystem-scale approach to threat abatement in the region and for the many threatened species that are found within the ecological community.

Bins to be removed

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Somebody has been putting rubbish in the bins at the Community Centre, including those that are clearly marked as being for paper only. It is bad enough that they have used the actual rubbish bins and left it to the over 70s who look after the place to take them 150 metres to the road. But when they use the paper collection bins that are used to raise funds for charity it is just not acceptable. So the bins will be removed and if you have been putting your newspaper in them, you will unfortunately have to find another way of recycling them.

Historic Lake Clifton Lime Kiln Development Project

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe concept plan for the walk trail and facilities at the Historic Lime Kiln, Newnham Road, has been completed and the Lake Clifton-Herron Residents Association is now seeking funding to actually build these facilities. We have strong support from DPaW, Shire of Waroona, Department of Sport and Recreation, Lotterywest and others, so we are very hopeful that we will be successful in getting some funds.

This site is a very significant part of our local heritage and also an important part of WA’s history. The walk trail will include signs that tell the story and importance of the area from both the European and Indigenous perspectives. Developing the Historic Lime Kiln precinct will preserve the area and the associated history and knowledge for future generations. In addition to providing locals with a facility for walking, picnicking and bird watching, it will attract tourists and will also be used by schools and Aboriginal Elders to teach our children about our mutual heritage.

It would help applications for grant funding enormously if their was a “Friends of the Historic Lime Kiln” group and we would love to hear from you if you are interested. This would essentially be a “lobby” group of people who are prepared to support the project. No physical work would be involved, except perhaps for some volunteer landscaping/planting if we register with DpaW. So it will be a very small commitment for the members but will add to the credibility of our funding applications.

If you are interested, please leave a comment with some way of contacting you or phone Jenny on 0428 343 028.

Do we want a new rural fire service?

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Here is a press release from a group of organisations including the Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades. This group is urging the Government to implement the recommendations of the Ferguson Report. You may wish to consider adding your voice to the discussion – in their email this morning, the Association said:

“PLEASE REMEMBER – submissions to the Waroona Ferguson Inquiry close on the 12th August.

If you want to see change there needs to be many individual nominations sent into this email address WaroonaInquiry@dpc.wa.gov.au as soon as possible, as any group submission is counted as ONE submission”

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