Draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million released for public comment

The State Government has announced one of the biggest red tape cuts to the environmental planning approval process ever undertaken in Western Australia.

The draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million has been released for public comment.

Premier Colin Barnett said the plan would secure Federal environmental approvals upfront to provide certainty to development and conservation in Perth and Peel for the next 30 years.


Parks and Wildlife category winner at 2015 Premier’s Awards

The Department of Parks and Wildlife, in collaboration with the Department of Education, Rio Tinto and Conservation Volunteers Australia, has won the Managing the Environment category at the 2015 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

Premier Colin Barnett presented the award at a ceremony at the Office of Premier and Cabinet last night.

The successful joint nomination ‘Small hands making a big difference: cross-sector collaboration in conservation (Rio Tinto Earth Assist program)’ highlights the unique four‐way partnership between Parks and Wildlife, DoE, Rio Tinto and CVA connecting school students to priority conservation projects and research through the Rio Tinto Earth Assist program.

Parks and Wildlife was also a finalist in the Improving Government award category with ‘Making waves in marine management’, submitted in partnership with the Department of Fisheries. 

For details of all award winners: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2015/10/Foyer-Oxford-work-wins-public-sector-praise.aspx

Horizontal Falls park plan open for public comment

West Australians are being encouraged to have a say on the future of one of the world's most significant cultural and natural tourist attractions - Horizontal Falls and surrounding areas on WA's Kimberley coast.

The State Government, in partnership with the Dambimangari traditional owners, today released for public comment the draft management plan for the proposed Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls and North Lalang-garram marine parks and the proposed Oomeday National Park.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Government had worked with traditional owners to develop a joint management framework for the area.  The area was in the Dambimangari people's homelands and was considered one of the most pristine coastal areas left in the world.