Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
Biodiversity Awards For Local Shires
Victor P Taffa
Environment Minister Donna Faragher today presented special Local Government Biodiversity Awards to the Cities of Belmont, Armadale and Cockburn.
The awards, introduced this year to mark the International Year of Biodiversity, acknowledged excellence in Biodiversity Initiatives in the Areas of Management, Urban Design and Community Engagement.
“Eight of 15 recognised Terrestrial Biodiversity Hotspots in Australia are in WA, while the South-West is recognised as one of 34 world Biodiversity Hotspots.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“The conservation of biodiversity is essential for a healthy environment, economy and society.”
The Minister commended the work of the 32 Shires and Councils that subscribe to the Perth Biodiversity Project, which aimed to increase the capacity of Local Government to achieve Measurable and Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation Outcomes.
“Western Australia faces many challenges in managing its rich diversity of animals and plants.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“Meeting these challenges requires a co-ordinated approach, something the Perth Biodiversity Project has been working on since 2001.”
Mrs. Faragher presented awards for:
- Excellence in Biodiversity Management to the City of Belmont for Progressive Revegetation of Local Natural Areas;
- Excellence in Community Engagement to support Local Biodiversity Conservation to the City of Armadale for its Streamcare Program and the City of Cockburn for its Landowner Biodiversity Conservation Grant Program.
The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale received a special commendation for its Healthy Habitats Program.