Progress Snapshots: Local Environment Strategy (2019-2029)

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Kalamunda Clean and Green Local Environment Strategy Progress Snapshot Updated: February 2022


PURPOSE wHaT arE Our aiMS? This document gives at-a-glance updates on the Local Environment Strategy. The City has responded to the four themes residents have expressed a Kalamunda Clean and Green provides the framework to manage environmental identified by Kalamunda residents as key desire for the City to stick to areas for action. In the closing pages of the itsimprove commitments, showpractices. how pressures and sustainable It assists in protecting the cherished Local Environment Strategy, you will see they willof beKalamunda achieved and outlined the precise aims in andthe required landscape character and guides improvements City’s own educate the wider community actions that respond to each theme. operations and its these work with stakeholders and community groups. about goals.

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GREEN SPACES KEy THEMES The value of green space and natural areas Caring for our parks, streetscapes & public places, culturally significant features & places, natural features, vegetation & wetland areas is vital to maintaining a healthy community.

Actions

Conserving natural resources By conserving our nature resources we contribute to a thriving Gained funding for ecological fire community & provide a future for our children.

procedures to protect biodiversity (1.1.2.1)

reducing waste Reducing waste is critical to maintaining a healthy community through clean air, water, habitat & biodiversity.

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Managing the impacts

seedlings

Our local natural environment requires constant vigilance to keep it healthy and free from unwelcome impacts. We undertake to work with the community to ensure its protection, including the landscape assets of our City.

in the 2021 tree planting program

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The value of green space and natural areas Caring for our parks, streetscapes & public places, culturally significant features & places, natural features, vegetation & wetland areas is vital to maintaining a healthy community.

NATURAL RESOURCES

Conserving natural resources By conserving our nature resources we contribute to a thriving community & provide a future for our children.

Actions

reducing waste

Reducing waste is critical to maintaining a healthy Collated data for 6& catchments community through clean air,all water, habitat biodiversity.

to facilitate the development of water management plans (2.1.1.1)

Managing the impacts Our local natural environment requires constant vigilance to keep it healthy and free from unwelcome impacts. We undertake to work with the community to ensure its protection, including the landscape assets of our City.

Regained our

‘Waterwise’

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Conserving natural resources By conserving our nature resources we contribute to a thriving community & provide a future for our children.

REDUCING WASTE

reducing waste Reducing waste is critical to maintaining a healthy community through clean air, water, habitat & biodiversity.

Managing the impacts

Actions

Our local natural environment requires constant vigilance to keep it healthy and free from unwelcome impacts. City of Kalamunda had the first WA Waste Avoidance We undertake to work with the community to ensure its protection, & Resource including the landscape assets Recovery of our City. Plan endorsed by the

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (4.1.1.1)

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Cleanaway Education Sessions in local schools 15

Recycling Hubs for City Libraries Updated: Updated:February March 2022 2022


reducing waste Reducing waste is critical to maintaining a healthy community through clean air, water, habitat & biodiversity.

MANAGING IMPACTS

Managing the impacts Our local natural environment requires constant vigilance to keep it healthy and free from unwelcome impacts. We undertake to work with the community to ensure its protection, including the landscape assets of our City.

Actions 1. Updated the draft Local Biodiversity Strategy15(3.4.2.1) 2. Created an online Local Environment Strategy progress portal (3.1.2.1)

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Local natural areas

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Local natural areas

HECTARES

HECTARES

assessed for

Phytophthora dieback

treated for

Phytophthora dieback Updated: Updated:February March 2022 2022


Theme

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Action

1.1.1.1

Prepare and adopt a Local Planning Policy guiding future Public Open Space development. Develop a strategic approach to the control of feral animals in the City of Kalamunda

1.1.2.2

Green Spaces

Progress (2021/22)

Map all City Local Natural Areas for Phytophthora species. 55

1.2.1.1

Develop and implement the City of Kalamunda Urban Forest Strategy. 90

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Theme

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Action

2.1.1.1

Develop catchment management plans to inform surface water management throughout the City.

Progress (2021/22)

Engaged a professional feral animal control contractor Produced a media release Developed a feral animal control workshop Attended Rainbow Lorikeet Working Group meeting Responded to 14 community contacts Destroyed a rabbit den on verge (Lesmurdie) Assessed 55ha at Canning Road and Masonmill Reserves. Issued a 3 year request for quote Finalised combined dieback database Calling for participants for next Green Card Training Draft strategy under review. Planted 253 shade trees in 6 reserves (WALGA / Water Corporation) Planted 96 street trees at City’s resident request Approximately 250 plants by City of Kalamunda Horticulture team 79,739 tube-stock into Local Natural Areas Mapped approximately 7,500 street trees (since February 2021)

Actions in this period

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2.2.2.5 Regain Water Wise council status through the Water Corporation 100

2.3.1.1

Continue to explore initiatives to reduce movement related impacts on the natural and human environment.

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» Material recovered to create habitat

2.4.1.4 Recover and re-use natural resources (seed, plants, timber) where practicable.

The City is working with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and a professional feral animal control contractor to remove foxes in the Gooseberry Hill area. Awaiting on approvals from DBCA to proceed. Known fox dens on local natural areas will be destroyed. The community will be informed via a media release. A workshop involving all major land managers and residents has been organised for the end of March. The Coordinator Natural Areas was successful in gaining additional funds through DBCA for feral animal control. Plan to assess approximately 100ha of dieback assessment in the 2021/22 financial year. The request for quote will identify a preferred supplier to provide dieback services for the City for a 3 year period including assessment, treatment and GreenCard Training. Presentation to Kalamunda Secondary Education Support Center students. Kadina Brook identified as priority reserve for dieback assessment and followup treatments. No data has previously been presented for this action so figures reflect annual amounts rather than quarterly achievement in this instance. Planted 253 shade trees with funding from the Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) and Water Corporation funding in 6 reserves in November 2021 which have been watered over summer. An audit on survival and quality is underway. Trees located at Connaught, Lincoln, Edinburgh, Willow Lakes, Foxton and Crumpet Creek. Street tree mapping by Kalamunda arbourist has been ongoing since February 2021 and not yet reported. Approximately 7,500 treees have been processed.

Comment for action

2.1.1.2

Natural Resources

Develop a Local Planning Policy including guidelines to protect the environmental value of our waterways. 2.2.2.2 Investigate mechanisms to promote the use of water saving technologies in new developments.

Comment for action

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1.1.2.3

Actions in this period

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The data collection is nearing completion for the first of the six catchments in the City, being the Lower Helena Catchment. The City will then arrange for hydrological modelling, and collate the information into a catchment management plan. Work on further catchment management plans will be undertaken later in 2022 and 2023 subject to funding. Initiation of policy deferred to enable consideration of new State Planning Policy - Water Resources in mid 2021. Draft policy developed and adopted by the Council in December 2021 for public advertising. Advertising occuring Quarter 1 2022. Anticipated the policy will be returned to the Council by mid 2022 for adoption. Encouraged through the Dual Density Design Guidelines and Forrestfield / High Wycombe Industrial Area Design Guidelines. Further initiatives to be investigated through the new development areas in High Wycombe South. The City of Kalamunda has regained the Waterwise Council status for 2021/22. Water Corporation have also assisted the City with feedback on how the current verge policy can be improved with up to date waterwise techniques and technologies. The City of Kalamunda in partnership with the Kalamunda Community Gardens were successful in an application to inact Phase 1 of a proposed waterwise garden trail in the Kalamunda Local Government Area. Up to $5,000 will be provided to make the community garden more waterwise. Currently renegociating specific activites within the project proposal and works will commense after April 2022. The impact to the local environment is considered for developments that create or modify roads, and for projects in the road reserve. The local environment is protected when possible. Recent significant projects whereby impacts to the local environment have been considered include: Tonkin Highway Corridor upgrade, Abernethy Duplication project, Canning Road Black Spot Project, Canning Mills Road Black Spot Project design, The Hales Estate subdivision, and the subdivision of Lot 6 and 9006 Hale Road. Logs and branches from fallen trees, woody weed removal and from the transfer stattion are being used in the construction of artifical habitat nodes for quenda. 28 quenda homes have been produced to date. Hollow logs from the same source are being redeployed back into reserves to provide habitat. The fire mitigation team is consulted to ensure activities do not impact on Bushfire Attack Levels. Unused seedlings from the 2021 revegetation program that were deemed to under-developed to plant have been repotted into larger vessels to allow for appropriate hardening and root development. Top soil removed from Ray Owen Reserve has been spread at other areas at Ray Owen that requires remediation and at Ledger Road Reserve to cover contaminated areas (asbestos).


Theme

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Action

3.1.1.1

Local Environment Strategy is reviewed every 10 years to follow community trends and aspirations. Develop an implementation plan to provide measures and timeframes for delivery of the LES actions. Develop LES reporting portal on the City’s website to provide an annual environmental “snapshot”.

3.1.1.2

Managing Impacts

3.1.2.1

3.2.1.1

Support and grow the Friends Group program throughout the City. 3.2.1.2 Support and grow the Adopt-A-Patch program linking school aged residents with Friends Group activities. 3.2.1.3 Support and Grow our annual volunteer celebration event.

Progress (2021/22)

Actions in this period

Comment for action

» 3 quarterly reports produced

The quarterly reports mostly tracks progress but also informs ongoing strategy review. New evaluation processes are being developed to enable quick and accurate review at the end of this strategy’s life.

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Prepared by Coordinator Natural Areas 100 » Website updated with snapshot and LES report 90

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» Commenced active member audit » Developing 3 new friends groups

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» 30 volunteers thanked » 32 volunteers attended coordinators meeting

3.2.1.3 Support and Grow our Community Environmental Education program. 3.3.1.2 Engage with the local schools community through the Adopt-A-Patch Program.

3.3.1.3

3.4.2.1

3.4.2.2

3.4.2.3

3.4.3.1

Theme

Reducing Waste

Provide informative and interactive mapping of the Local Environment on the City of Kalamunda Website. Prepare an updated Local Biodiversity Strategy that identifies priority natural areas and ways to protect them. Develop a local planning policy to protect significant trees and vegetation on private property. Investigate the further protection of native vegetation through current and a future town planning schemes. Identify unique opportunities to promote Kalamunda’s natural assets.

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Action

4.1.1.1

Development of the City of Kalamunda Waste Avoidance & Resource Recovery Plan consistent with the State Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030. Supply resources to community groups actively removing waste from City Reserves

4.1.2.1

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» Public facing Intramaps has Environmental module in development » Draft Loal Biodiversity Strategy developed

The Kalamunda website was updated to include - LES summary and landing page - Key annual achievements - Community access to LES progress reporting This community feature will be updated based on user feedback and functionality when required. Uploaded mid March 2022. Conducting a friends group membership audit and comparing to database. Working with 3 residents to develop new friends groups in local natural reserves and in DBCA managed lands. Developing ties between the lifestyle village and Mattew Gibney Primary School to revisit Ollie Worrell Reserve riparian reveg project. Encouraged Friends Group Coordinators to engage with schools at February 2022 Coordinators meeting More than 30 environmental volunteers attended the City’s Thank A Volunteer event in December 2021. 32 Friends Group Coordinators and volunteers attended the February 2022 coordinators meeting Planning on a friends group social event for April 2022. Will include a working bee at a selected Local Natural Area. Planning for community events such as the 2022 Enviro Expo and the Plants for Residents has commenced. Local libaries have also been engaged to assist in the delivery of environmental workshops including the Aboriginal Six Seasons, Fauna and Fungi. Engaged Millenium Kids and Green Lab to conduct incurrsions to engage with students and school staff. Current committed Adopt A Patch schools include the Kalamunda Secondary Education Support Centre, High Wycombe Primary School, Lesmurdie Primary School and Falls Road Primary School. Participating with Gooseberry Hill Primary School with their Design and Technology class to design and build Quenda homes. Progress reporting of Local Environment Strategy actions is already in place within the Kalamunda Environmental Advisory Committee, which will simply translate for public facing website. Includes an environmental module on public Intramaps. The strategy will be presented to Council once finalised.

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The Draft Local Biodiversity Strategy includes recommendations and strategies. This is currently under review and due to be finalised in the first half of 2022. Any adopted recommendations will be assimilated into the Local Planning Strategy which is currently under development. Seven nature walks workshop have been delivered in this quarter. All workshops were been fully booked with the limit of 20 participants per event. Partnerships with the Darling Range Naturalist Club, Birdlife Australia and Friend Group members provided local commentary and expertise to the participants. Planning for additional 9 events before end of the financial year

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Progress (2021/22)

» 4 bird walks » 3 native flora walks

Actions in this period

Comment for action

» Friends Group rubbish collection support on-going

The City of Kalamunda actively distributes and recovers clean up bags from Local Natural Areas in partnership with the reserves Friends Groups. Currently refining data collection and curation methods to accurately record the cubic meters of rubbish collected. Rubbish pickers have also been supplied to Adopt A Patch schools at the Friends Coordinator meeting.

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Updated: February 2022