The City of Canning has implemented a number of Conservation and Environment Strategies.
Environmental Management Strategy
Working to achieve better environmental management outcomes, the Environment Management Strategy provides a framework to help inform and develop plans. The goals of the strategy are:
- Protecting, preserving and promoting our natural places, flora and fauna.
- Sustainably managing resources.
- A sustainable and environmentally aware community.
The key considerations are:
- Climate change
Understand and address potential outcomes of climate change and facilitate the development of a resilient City.
- Natural areas
Maintain, enhance and restore natural areas and protect biodiversity values.
Protect and enhance waterways, wetlands and the groundwater and ensure sustainable use and management of water resources.
Protection of the significant environmental and cultural values of the Canning River together with the region’s traditional owners.
- Built environment
Deliver built form outcomes that optimise energy, water and waste resource use of places and spaces over their whole-of-life.
Local Biodiversity Strategy
At its Ordinary Council Meeting 19 June 2018, Council endorsed the Local Biodiversity Strategy 2018.
The strategy outlines a 20-year action plan for the protection and strategic management of natural areas in the City. The actions include:
- Improved provisions for biodiversity in the City’s local planning framework and their application in future land use decisions.
- Development of a Strategic Local Reserve Management Plan.
- Development of a plan for restoration of natural areas in the City.
- Development of an incentive package to encourage vegetation retention and increased use of local plants in landscaping by developers and private landholders.
- Continued support to community volunteers engaged in bushland restoration activities.
- Mainstreaming consideration of biodiversity within all City programs and adopting a communications strategy that engages all government and community stakeholders.
Water Management Strategy
The City's Water Management Strategy provides a framework for the achievement of better water management outcomes. The strategy has the following objectives:
- Recognise the ecological, social and cultural importance of water.
- Respond to the needs of the environment and community in a changing climate.
- Educate and inform the community to build understanding and support for change.
- Promote innovative and visionary approaches to water management.
- Protect and restore the water quality, hydrological and ecological function of wetlands, waterways and groundwater systems.
- Reduce water use overall and promote the fit-for purpose use of all available water resources.
- Deliver functional and sustainable public open spaces.
These objectives have been developed in response to key water-related issues which fall into five core themes for water management:
- Planning for a future population
- Planning and land use
- Community facilities
- Catchment management
- Topography and soil
- Surface water
- Water quality
- Water availability and efficiency
- Surface water
- Ground water
- Preparing for a future climate
- Current climate
- Future climate
- Djarlgarra – the Canning River, a place of abundance