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Waste Not, Want Not: Proposed changes to waste legislation

‘Waste not, want not: Valuing waste as a resource’ (Discussion Paper) was released in September by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER). The paper addresses two key changes to the current legislative framework, by proposing amendments to the definition of ‘waste’ and introducing  ‘waste-derived materials determinations’ (WDM Determinations). This Discussion Paper builds on […]

Glen McLeod Legal attends seminars on resource recovery and environmental law reform

2020 has been an interesting year for both waste and environmental protection reform. Glen McLeod Legal is glad to be involved in these areas. Recently, the National Environmental Law Association, Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia and the Piddington Society hosted seminars to consider environmental law reform and opportunities and challenges in recovering […]

The impact of structure plans on the rights and obligations of landowners

The State Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) has clarified the nature of structure plans in the Western Australian planning system in its recent decision in Rpoint Land Pty Ltd and Western Australian Planning Commission [2020] WASAT 92. RPoint Land Pty Ltd (Applicant) had applied to the Western Australian Planning Commission (Commission) for approval of amendments to the […]

UDIA Quiz Night

The team at Glen McLeod Legal brushed up on their trivia for the UDIA Quiz Night last week. It was a pleasure to attend a UDIA social event for the first time since COVID restrictions eased and to mingle with others in the industry. While we did not quite manage first place it was a […]

INDEPENDENT WESTPORT TASKFORCE MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE SHIPPING PORT

For many years there has been controversy and uncertainty over whether there should be a port at Kwinana and the effect future port plans would have on current freight routes. In what many would hope is the final work on the matter, the independent Westport Taskforce, has produced what may be described as a ‘visionary […]

Shifting our thinking: Town Team Movement Innovation Conference

COVID-19 has created a very unique moment in time, one that has brought uncertainty, societal challenges and a breakdown of the old ‘normal’. Town Team Movement considered this to be a ripe time to discuss our societal priorities and opportunities to reshape how we plan our future. Chelsea White and Lea Hiltenkamp, of Glen McLeod […]

NORTHERN TERRITORY PROPOSES NEW POLICY MODEL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL OFFSETS

The Northern Territory Environment Minister has released guidance papers on a new approach to biodiversity and carbon offsets. Rather than taking the conventional approach to environmental offsets as adopted by jurisdictions like Western Australia, the Territory has proposed a new ‘target-based’ model. Offsets are a way of balancing the environmental impact from projects. In jurisdictions […]

THE 8TH ANNIVERSARY OF GLEN McLEOD LEGAL

I would like to thank all of those who have congratulated Glen McLeod Legal on its 8th Anniversary. This is a time to be grateful to our clients, contacts and well-wishers. I am grateful for the loyalty of our staff and the support they receive from their families. We are grateful for how the business […]

At a glance: the changes to the Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA)

Far reaching changes, including both procedural changes to the way planning law is administered and practical changes that will be of continuing relevance to developers, were introduced by the Planning and Development Amendment Act 2020 (WA) (Act). The Act received royal assent on 7 July 2020 and will amend the Planning and Development Act 2005 […]

How Valuable is the Castle?

Roads, rail and other infrastructure are seen as one route out of the COVID-19 economic languor. There is talk of ‘fast tracking’ projects. Some have been on the drawing board for a long time. Now there is a sense of urgency; to get on with it. A new Planning and Development Bill is now making […]