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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Introduction Major planning reforms were announced by the State Government in May 2020 with the stated intention of streamlining development and simplify the planning system. The proposed amendments are intended to result in immediate and substantial changes to the regulation of some aspects of land development in order to get significant ‘shovel ready’ projects underway […]

Extension of Submission Period for Waste Consultation Papers

The ‘Review of the Waste Levy – Consultation Period’ and ‘Closing the Loop: Waste Reforms for a Circular Economy Consultation Paper’ were released together in February 2020. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is seeking submissions from key stakeholders on a variety of questions and issues relating to the waste industry. The submission period […]

Environmental Protection Authority releases Environmental Factor Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On 16 April 2020 the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of Western Australia released the Environmental Factor Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Guideline). The Guideline is an updated version of the draft released in December 2019. The EPA has identified environmental factors that may be impacted by an aspect of a proposal or scheme. The environmental […]

How effective are the newly published exemptions to the planning regime?

Introduction-Exemptions to Planning Requirements We have previously noted some potential effects of COVID-19 on the State’s town planning laws.[1] Particular note was made of the need to assist the holders of planning approvals who may struggle in the current lockdown and dampened economic activity to comply with statutory time limits. There is also the question […]