Strategen undertook the referral, assessment and achieved approval of the first EPBC Act approval of a project impacting the Banksia Woodland Threatened Ecological Community. Strategen has also provided all environmental services to support Structure Planning and subdivision approval.
The project proposed to impact Black Cockatoo Species habitat and Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain Threatened Ecological Community.
Strategen designed, led and delivered all aspects of the proposal including:
There were a number of key challenges associated with the project including:
Apsley is Stage 1 of Qube’s Mangogalup residential Estate which is part of a new master-planned estate that offers the right balance of living close to schools, shops and transport and allows the chance to explore a healthy lifestyle surrounded by nature.
From the projects inception, Strategen has assisted in the projects progression by navigating EPBC approvals and state approvals (Scheme amendments and Bushfire Hazard Assessments) and management plans associated with WAPC Subdivision approval, which included:
Working closely with a specialised project team this new and exciting development is set to commence soon.
To accompany the submission of a strategic level Local Structure Plan for the Forrestfield North District, Strategen were appointed by Element to design, lead and deliver all environmental aspects of this project which included:
The objective of advice only from the EPA was achieved.
The Local Structure Plan process actively engaged stakeholders including community groups, Aboriginal stakeholders and Agencies to ensure that the LSP outcome achieved an appropriate balance between development, social and environmental objectives.
Key challenges for this project include:
Project of significance for the local government and, as part of the Metronet program, a project of significance for the State government. Coupled with being a project with environmental values of high profile for the local community, the project was of high interest to a wide range of influential stakeholders. This was managed through the establishment of a stakeholder engagement process that included early consultation with key stakeholders and the establishment of a Technical Advisory Group by the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage.
It was important that the technical information was attained early in the project cycle and a high degree of confidence was able to be placed in the technical information available. The technical assessments were designed and vetted by Strategen accordingly and communicated to Agencies so as to provide confidence in the information.
Timeframe for approval and development. Assessment under the Environmental Protection Act was seen as a key risk to the project given the additional time pressure this would place on the project. It was determined early in the project that assessment by the EPA was not desirable and represented a key project risk. Similarly the potential assessment of the project under the EPBC Act loomed as a strategic and logistical issue that needed to be managed.
In response to this, the Office of the EPA were engaged early in the project and with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions an acceptable level of ecological retention was identified and progressed through senior OEPA officers to give confidence that the proposed impact was acceptable and did not require assessment.
With regard to the potential for EPBC Act assessment, the potential for a strategic assessment was considered and discussed with the Commonwealth as was the role of the Perth and Peel Strategic Assessment. Ultimately an approach was determined whereby an assessment would be delayed to development given that the proposed retention limited the land area potentially requiring assessment.
Various projects on the Swan Coastal Plain and generally in South West of WA require clearing of native vegetation which may result in the removal of vegetation potentially containing habitat for the three species of Black Cockatoo.
For clients such as Satterley, Stockland, Main Roads and Water Corporation, Strategen has undertaken:
All three species of Black Cockatoos are listed as Threatened under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and the Wildlife Conservation Act.
Given this, assessment of the habitat values is often required to support potential future assessment and approval requirements and to inform development design.
The Strategen team have undertaken numerous Black Cockatoo surveys throughout the South West from Cataby to Ravensthorpe and beyond.