Environmental approvals: implications of the Beeliar wetlands decision

Thursday 20th October, 2016 5:00 pm – Thursday 20th October, 2016 6:00 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

In the Supreme Court decision of Save Beeliar Wetlands (Inc) v Jacob [2015] WASC 482, environmental approval for the Roe Highway extension (‘Roe 8 Project’) was successfully challenged, at first instance, on the basis that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not take into account its own environmental offsets policies.

The decision prompted the Minister for Environment to lodge an appeal against the decision, which was successful in overturning the decision at first instance, and commission Peter Quinlan SC to draft the Independent Legal and Governance Review into Policies and Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessments under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) (Review).

This seminar examines:

  • How might the EPA’s environmental impact assessment processes change as a result of the above Review?
  • The Chief Justice’s and the Court of Appeal’s judgments and key findings which have implications for the State Government on both existing and future projects in Western Australia.

The seminar will also provide a brief update on the recent important decision of Chaney J in Wattleup Road Development Co v SAT [No 2] [2016] WASC 279 which clarifies elements of the application of the precautionary principle in planning decisions.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced


  • 1 points Competency 4 Substantive Law


Sponsored by


Chair - Professor Alex Gardner
The Faculty of Law
The University of Western Australia

Graham Castledine
Castledine Gregory

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