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The rise of medium density housing and diversification in Western Australia

Diversity of housing development in Perth and a wider range of housing choices is much needed in Perth. Urban sprawl, suburbs designed for cars and cookie cutter houses that do not offer a diverse housing choice is not sustainable in the long term. To address this, the State government has released the draft Medium Density […]

Release of the Final Report of the Independent Review of the EPBC Act

The final report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) was publicly released on 28 January 2021. The final report is a comprehensive review of the EPBC Act and makes 38 recommendations for reform. The implementation pathway for the recommendations includes to: create a provision to […]

Merry Christmas!

Thank you all for your continued support in 2020. We wish you a wonderful festive season.  

Welcome to our two new team members!

Glen McLeod Legal welcomes its two newest team members, Emiko Watanabe and Janine Upson. Emiko has a keen interest in planning, environmental and public law. She undertakes legal research in issues relating to development approvals, regulatory compliance and environmental approvals. Emiko assists with drafting advice and submissions in relation to development approvals or refusals, JDAP […]

City of Kalamunda v ACN 605 729 995 Pty Ltd [2020] WASC 341

This case was a matter on appeal from the Magistrates Court of Western Australia, deciding the issue of whether the clearing of vegetation was a development that required approval from the City of Kalamunda for the purposes of the Planning and Development Act 2005 (PD Act). Background In late 2015, ACN 605 729 995 Pty […]

Glen McLeod Legal participates in YLC Netball Competition

The Law Society of Western Australia’s Young Lawyers Committee hosted the annual mixed netball competition on Friday, 20 November 2020. The event saw 12 teams in friendly competition for the top spot and prize. Chelsea White, Daniel Morey and Emiko Watanabe of Glen McLeod Legal joined the team Policy Makers, which included lawyers from Torrens […]


Conservation covenants are voluntary agreements entered into between a landholder and an authorised body to conserve or enhance the natural, cultural or scientific values of land. They take the form of landowners undertaking to act or to refrain from acting in relation to the specified land. Conservation covenants have taken many statutory forms, with various […]

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 […]