WA Environmental Protection Act reform – release of exposure draft bill and discussion paper

Yesterday, the draft Environmental Protection Amendment Bill 2019 (Draft Bill) was released for public consultation.

The Draft Bill reflects a wholesale review of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) and proposes the most significant amendments to the Act since it was enacted. All land users in WA whose current and future activities are regulated by the Act should closely follow these reforms. Continue reading

Decision on challenge to Yeelirrie uranium mine approval

The WA Supreme Court of Appeal this week rejected the appeal by the Conservation Council of WA Inc. (CCWA) against dismissal of its judicial review application on the Part IV Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) (EP Act) approval of the Yeelirrie uranium mine project proposal (Yeelirrie Proposal). Continue reading

Update on WA Aboriginal heritage reform

By Melanie Debenham, Senior Associate, and Emily Wilson, Senior Associate, Perth

Yesterday, the WA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs publicly announced that a draft bill to reform WA’s Aboriginal heritage legislation will be made available for public comment in early 2020. Continue reading