Reimagine. Recreate. Restore
Saturday 5 June was World Environment Day, a day to inspire positive change in the environment.
Published: 04 June 2021, Updated: 04 June 2021
This year’s theme is “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore”, encouraging people around the world to focus on efforts to re-establish parts of the natural environment lost to human activity. It can often be a challenge for us to deliver road safety improvements while conserving native vegetation.
As part of environmental approvals, we are often required to provide an environmental offset.
What are environmental offsets?
Environmental offsets are measures taken to counterbalance unavoidable environmental impacts from a project.
What’s being done?
Many upgrades are planned over a significant area of the Wheatbelt, which may involve clearing roadside vegetation.
This is where our Wheatbelt Revegetation Bank program comes in. The program provides a source of environmental offsets, while ensuring the quantity and quality of native vegetation isn’t lost due to road improvements. The program will mainly involve the purchase and revegetation of cleared farmland near our roads to create expanded green corridors. Revegetation is the direct seeding and planting of local native plants and trees, and green corridors are the strips of land where these plants live.
As part of the program, opportunities have opened up to Aboriginal businesses in the areas of native seedlings, site preparation and planting.
Learn more about our environment and sustainability work across WA on our Revegetation & Landscaping page.