Proposed Coastal Planning Policy shifts climate change risks from developers to land owners

The Greens say the Government’s draft coastal planning guidelines protects the interests of developers ahead of current and future property owners.

Hon Lynn MacLaren, the WA Greens planning spokesperson has welcomed the long awaited release of the draft State Coastal Planning Policy and Guidelines SPP 2.6 and says that the measures in relation to climate change planning are encouraging aspects of the policy but they need to be strengthened to protect future property owners.  Not so welcome are the loosening of controls over building heights and the impact this will have on coastal values. Read more »

Mangles Bay marina-based tourist precinct

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[COUNCIL — Thursday, 8 March 2012]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Wendy Duncan


55. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Lands:

I refer to question without notice 1072, which I asked on 24 November 2011. Read more »

Population growth - Government planning

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[COUNCIL — Thursday, 8 March 2012]
Hon Matt Benson-Lidholm; Hon Helen Morton; Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Wendy Duncan; Hon Helen Bullock;
Deputy President; Hon Simon O'Brien; Hon Ken Travers


Motion Read more »

Little penguins - habitat

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[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 6 March 2012]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Helen Morton


15. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Environment: Read more »

Bollard Bullrush may fall victim to lazy planning

The Bollard Bullrush wetland, one of the last remaining wetland areas in metropolitan Perth faces suburban encirclement with another new residential local structure plan in the works for Kwinana.   The proposed Wellard residential development highlights the difficulties of making urban infill work in a city with unimaginative urban planning and public transit policies while conserving our precious urban bushland remnant.

The people of Kwinana are justifiably concerned that the current version of the Wellard Local Structure Plan (LSP) doesn’t make the grade in either sense. Read more »

Air Quality Forum

Mar 15 2012 08:30

Perth's first Air Quality Forum is going to be held on Thursday 15 March 2012.

The Air Quality Coordinating Committee is holding the forum at the WA Conservation Science Centre, 17 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington between 8.30am and 5pm.

This forum aims to communicate the achievements of the Perth Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) and receive community feedback for future air quality management actions. Read more »

New economics for turbulent times

Mar 8 2012 17:45


With renowned economics, finance and energy expert Nicole Foss - aka “Stoneleigh” (The Automatic Earth).

Thursday 8 March 5.45pm for a 6pm start
Perth Town Hall, Barrack Street, Perth.

Nicole Foss warns that energy shortages, climate change, population growth, food insecurity and political unrest are forming a “perfect storm” that will disrupt our whole industrial system.
What does this mean for WA? Will our resource riches protect us from the global crisis or are we about to go down with the ship? Read more »

Point Peron Marina Public Environmental Review

At a time when climate change will dramatically impact our coast, with increased frequency of storms and rising sea levels, our public coastal assets should be preserved, not transformed into private canal developments.

The public submission period for the proposed marina at Point Peron is currently open. Public submissions are due by 23 April 2011. Once our team assesses the volumes of material generated by the developer, I will be providing fact sheets on my website to assist people in preparing submissions asking the Government to reject this proposal. Read more »

Perth Waterfront Appeal

Perth Waterfront environmental assessment relied on 8-9 year old data

In response to comments printed in The West today, Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens spokesperson on planning, says the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) should formally assess the waterfront plan, not because the management plans are out-dated, but because they rely on aquatic fauna data that scientists say is 8-9 years old.

“The EPA must independently assess if the plans are good enough to manage potential environmental impacts. We already have concerns that the marine science is out-dated, what else isn’t up to scratch?” Read more »