On Monday 27 July 2020, the State Government announced a Green Jobs Plan to help Western Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
The Green Jobs Plan is a $60.3 million investment in environmental projects as part of the WA Recovery Plan and will be managed by four State Government departments, working together.
Offsets Funds for Recovery and Native Vegetation Rehabilitation Scheme
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) will administer $8 million in funds from the Native Vegetation Offsets Fund and $15 million in new funds to target restoration of biodiversity values impacted by past clearing. On-ground works like fencing, weeding, seeding and planting will create employment opportunities while achieving revegetation, rehabilitation, habitat restoration and protection of existing vegetation.
Healthy Estuaries WA
DWER will continue working with the community to improve the condition of at-risk regional estuaries in the south-west through the $25 million Healthy Estuaries WA program.
Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund extension
$3.3 million in funding from the Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund will be made available through DWER to Aboriginal and conservation groups to undertake conservation work in the Pilbara.
Whiteman Park Conservation Fencing
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) will invest $2 million in extending the current fauna fencing around Whiteman Park, and the electrified feral animal exclusion fence around the Woodland Conservation Reserve inside Whiteman Park.
Roadside Vegetation Conservation
Main Roads WA will invest $5 million in enhancing roadside vegetation corridors, widening road reserves and replanting vegetation through the Wheatbelt.
Swan Canning Rivers Foreshore Protection
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) will invest an additional $2 million enhancing foreshore protection measures in the Swan and Canning River systems.
Further updates and information regarding the Green Jobs Plan will be posted to this page.