NEWS

“Code Off Road” – A guide to safe and environmentally responsible coastal 4WD use

South Coast NRM, in partnership with South Coast Management Group, has produced a series of practical maps guiding recreational 4WD use on our coast. The guides cover Denmark, Albany, Bremer Bay, Hopetoun and Esperance and delivers key messages regarding safe and environmentally responsible 4WD drive use, as well as coastal maps. For more information, see South Coast NRM’s media release or the Denmark Code Off Road brochure .

The Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee (WICC) is 1080 baiting in the Wilson Inlet Catchment

If you are interested in baiting (or already bait) on your property then WICC would love to partner with you in order to help control feral animals in the catchment.  WICC will be using 1080 Canid Pest Ejectors. This system is permanently fixed and cannot be translocated by birds.  In order to deliver the best possible outcomes, WICC will also be seeking to bait on all neighbouring properties to yours. For more information, see the WICC website.

Winter Sprinkler Switch-Off

The great “Winter Sprinkler Switch-Off” has commenced. Have you switched off your sprinklers?

The switch-off applies to all sprinklers using scheme and bore water in the Shire of Denmark from 1 June to 31 August each year. It aims to prevent wastage and save water for the drier months.

See the Water Corporation’s website at http://www.wintersprinklerswitchoff.com.au/ for all the details.

EVENTS

WA Ban on Lightweight Plastic Bags

From 1 July 2018, it will be prohibited for retailers in WA to supply lightweight plastic bags with handles, 35 microns thick or less, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic bags. There are loads of options available to shoppers to replace plastic bags, including cardboard boxes, reusable bags (eg. hessian, cotton) and baskets.

All the details on the bag ban, including a full list of plastic bag alternatives, can be found on

the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s website www.whatsyourbagplan.wa.gov.au

Support for retailers can be found on the National Retail Association’s website at www.bagbanwa.com.au

Plastic Free July

Joining the challenge is quite simple...choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.  Refuse them all, or just the big four: straws, coffee cups, bottles and bags.

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. ​You’ll be joining millions of people from 150 countries in making a difference.

Make the pledge and find out more on the Plastic Free July website at http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/.

Shire of Denmark Plastic Free July Event 

The Shire of Denmark will be holding a Low Waste Living Workshop as part of Plastic Free July on Sunday 15th July from 10.00am - 12noon.  For more information follow the link to the flyer on our events page  http://www.denmark.wa.gov.au/events/low-waste-living-workshop/220.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Grants for Conservation of Natural Heritage 

Lotterywest provide grants to conserve natural habitats and maintain the diversity of animal and plant species. Examples of project activities include: planting local species of trees and vegetation; linking areas of vegetation with bush corridors; fencing remnant vegetation and wetlands; and, controlling weeds, animals, disease and fire. An information package can be obtained from http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants/grant-types/heritage-and-conservation/