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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 IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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 […]

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 […]