Regional Advocacy

The future sustainability of Perth's Eastern Region will be largely dependent on the strength and ability of the region to pool its resources to compete for, and attract, government funding and infrastructure investment. Advocacy in 2016/2017 focused on the following key areas:

Environmental sustainability

The health, protection and sustainable use of the Swan and Helena Rivers;
A natural environment that is protected, enhanced and maintained for future generations;
The region is well placed to adapt to the impacts of climate change; and
The continued improvement of regional resource recovery and waste management activities.

Economic growth

An effective and integrated transport system with improved public transport infrastructure and servicing;
The establishment and optimum utilisation of high speed, reliable broadband in the region; and
The facilitation of economic development and investment opportunities.

Strong communities

  • Enhanced social inclusion and access to facilities, health, education and community services for all residents; and
  • The provision of infrastructure that ensures quality education outcomes, health, cultural and lifestyle opportunities.

EMRC submissions developed and submitted during 2016/2017 included:

  • Climate Change Policies Review Discussion Paper;
  • National Water Reform Productivity Commission Issues Paper March 2017;
  • City of Belmont and Department of Planning - Ascot Kilns Design Guidelines and Local Development Plan Submission;
  • Decision process for storm water management in WA;
  • Bassendean Draft Urban Forest Strategy 2016 - 2026;
  • Draft City of Belmont Environment and Sustainability Strategy 2016-2021;
  • Regional Subsidiaries Legislation;
  • Whiteman Park Strategic Plan;
  • Transport @ 3.5 million; and
  • Westcycle - Draft and ell Mountain Bike Master Plan

Advocacy and relationship building is aimed at increasing awareness of Perth's Eastern Region and the role of the EMRC. It also provides an opportunity to identify and capitalise on future funding opportunities to support regional scale projects and activities. In addition to the above submissions, other actions of regional relevance include applying for regional grants and providing regional representation on peak bodies and committees including:

  • NorthLink Southern Construction Group and Freight and Road User Group
  • NorthLinkWA Environmental Reference Group
  • Northam Avon Descent Association
  • WALGA Cycling Reference Group
  • Perth NRM - Swan NRM Committee
  • Perth NRM - Light Industry Working Group
  • River Protection Strategy Advisory Group
  • Sustainability Officers Networking Group
  • North East Youth Organisations Network
  • Sustainable Schools WA Alliance
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities Regional Advisory Panel
  • Planning Institute of Australia - Climate Change Action Group
  • Forum of Regional Councils
  • Municipal Waste Advisory Council and Committees - Officers Advisory Group, Household Hazardous Waste
  • Committee, Contaminated Sites Committee
  • Australian Landfill Owners Association
  • Waste Management Association of Australia
  • Strategic Waste Infrastructure Planning Working Group (Waste Authority).

Successful regional grants awarded during 2016/2017 totaling $509,500 (ex GST) include the following:

  • Upskilling of Perth's Eastern region Volunteers Supported by the State NRM Office State 
  • Fostering Equal Opportunity (EEO) Ethos within the EMRC Supported by the Disability Service Commission
  • Portable Water Stations for Perth's Eastern Region Supported by Keep Australia Beautiful WA
  • Perth's Autumn Festival Supported by Perth Airport Pty Ltd
  • Perth's Autumn Festival Supported by Lotterywest
  • Understanding and Managing Flood Risk in Perth: Stage Four Flood Intelligence and Adaption Planning Supported by the Office of Emergency Managment
  • Avon Descent Family Fun Days Supported by Lotterywest 

Advocacy Strategy 2016 - 2020

The EMRC's Advocacy Strategy 2016 - 2020 was adopted by Council on 1 December 2016.

This strategy can be downloaded here.

Regional Advocacy Strategy 2016-2020
Regional Advocacy Strategy 2016-2020

Wendy Harris - Director Regional Services 
For further information please contact:

Phone: (08) 9424 2208
Email: wendy.harris@emrc.org.au

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