The McGowan Labor Government is creating a $750 million Climate Action Fund in the 2021-22 State Budget to develop climate-resilient communities and a prosperous low-carbon future.
Building on the Western Australian Climate Policy, the Climate Action Fund invests in sustainable WA jobs and industry innovation while protecting and enhancing the State’s unique environmental heritage values and assets.
The McGowan Government is committed to transitioning the Western Australian economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The State Budget delivers a suite of measures designed to address the threat of climate change and help industry flourish to create sustainable jobs.
The McGowan Government’s Climate Action Fund includes:
The 2021-22 State Budget also continues to progress the McGowan Government’s Plan for Our Parks, with $15.2 million for the joint management of the Badimia Conservation Reserves and the Thundelarra Conservation Park, and almost $16 million to facilitate negotiations for additional reserve proposals.
Plan for Our Parks will create an additional five million hectares of new national parks, marine parks and reserves by 2024.
In addition to the $750 million Climate Action Fund, the 2021-22 State Budget also delivers a number of other climate action initiatives, including:
- $15 million for the Agriculture Climate Resilience Fund;
- $14 million grant program to support a ban on e-waste in landfill by 2024;
- $13 million Household Energy Efficiency Scheme;
The McGowan Government has also allocated $42 million to deliver its Climate Action election commitments, including Gross Pollution Traps to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans, Peel-Harvey Estuary Protection Plans and extra funding for the Natural Resource Management Program.