Green Jobs Plan unveiled to support recovery

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$60.3 million will be invested in the plan over the next three years.
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As part of the WA Recovery Plan, $60.3 million will be invested in the Green Jobs Plan over the next three years. The plan will support projects that will protect our environment and create more than 1,000 conservation jobs State-wide.

$15 million has been allocated to set up a Native Vegetation Rehabilitation Scheme. In combination with the State’s $8 million Offsets Fund for Recovery (OFFR) program, the scheme will target:

  • revegetation
  • habitat restoration
  • protection of existing vegetation.

The OFFR program supports conservation groups to carry out on-ground work and will improve habitat for Western Australia’s flora and fauna, as part of the State’s requirement for delivering environmental offsets. The program will also provide employment opportunities including fencing, seeding, planting, managing threats and improving native vegetation and habitat for fauna. 

A $2 million investment in fencing to extend the conservation sanctuary at Whiteman Park will create employment opportunities for new contractors. 

A further $5 million will be used by Main Roads to improve and increase roadside vegetation in the agricultural region to offset the impacts of roadworks. 

A $3.3 million funding round for conservation work for Pilbara Aboriginal and conservation groups will be made available through the Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund. This fund combines offset contributions from mining companies to enable strategic conservation programs that improve vegetation and biodiversity outcomes in the Pilbara. 

WA rivers and estuaries will also benefit from the Green Jobs Plan. The Swan Canning system will receive an additional $2 million for foreshore protection, while the Healthy Estuaries WA program will see $25 million invested to improve the health of at-risk regional estuaries in the south-west, creating a number of jobs in those communities.  

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Page reviewed 5 August 2020