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    12038: Regional local government biodiversity conservation project (local biodiversity program)

    Delegates of the 2014 Wetlands Management Conference learn how to use the Environmental Planning Tool. Courtesy Denise Crosbie, Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre.
    Delegates of the 2014 Wetlands Management Conference learn how to use the Environmental Planning Tool. Courtesy Denise Crosbie, Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre.

    This project will work with priority local governments to increase their capacity to effectively utilise land-use planning mechanisms to conserve priority natural areas.

    Technical assistance will be provided with the preparation of local biodiversity strategies that support strategic planning for the retention, protection and management of natural areas outside the conservation network. Assistance will also be provided to help integrate local biodiversity conservation objectives into land-use planning.

    Local Governments experiencing development pressures in the south-west region will be a priority, including four 'SuperTowns': Collie, Manjimup, Boddington and Margaret River.

    A new local natural area prioritisation framework will be developed for the Albany regional vegetation survey study area, to inform future local biodiversity conservation planning within the City of Albany.

    Other Local Governments that have already commenced the biodiversity conservation planning process, such as the Shire of Murray, will receive technical support with completion and integration of local biodiversity conservation objectives into land use planning.

    Investigations will also be undertaken to assess requirements for biodiversity conservation to assist strategic land use planning along Indian Ocean Drive and around the 'SuperTown' of Jurien Bay.

    Investment: $ 500 000
    Delivery organisation: Western Australian Local Government Association
    Project duration: October 2012 - June 2014
    Location: South-west region with a focus on Collie, Boddington, Augusta-Margaret River, Manjimup, Albany, and local governments in the Perth-Peel region and immediately north of Perth
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