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How to Write Strategic Assessment Submissions

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Date(s) - 21/03/2016
3:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Peel Harvey Catchment Council

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This information session will provide support on how to write a good submission on the Strategic Assessment.

Independent speakers who are experts in their fields have kindly agreed to help support our community to give advice in the submission process.

Topics will include:


o             What does a good strategic assessment look like?

o             How can we tell if the current strategic assessment ‘stacks up’?

o             What strategies can we use to measure or weigh-up the pros and cons (impacts)?

o             Understanding the impacts – are they acceptable?

o             Tips on how to make your submission most effective

Confirmed speakers are:


Angus Morrison-Saunders_Murdoch








Associate Professor Angus Morrison-Saunders – Murdoch University

Achieving good environmental outcomes through strategic assessment”.

Angus is an Associate Professor in Environmental Assessment and his research interests include the effectiveness of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and its derivatives such as strategic environmental assessment and sustainability assessment.

Angus is Extraordinary Professor in Environmental Sciences and Management at North West University, South Africa; and Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (including role of Tutor in Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership) and an Associate Editor of Environmental Impact Assessment Review journal.

He has published over 70 journal papers, around a dozen other peer-reviewed publications, edited three books, written 18 book chapters and given over 90 presentations at national and international conferences.


Nicole Matthews








Nicole Matthews – Senior Associate, Cameron Strategies

Nicole Matthews, a Senior Associate with Cameron Strategies, has over 20 years experience as a senior policy advisor to the Australian Government across the portfolios of Finance, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Primary Industries, Energy and Environment. From 2008 – 2014 Nicole was the Department of the Environment’s WA regional manager.  She has expertise in strategic assessments across Australia.

Cameron Strategies has been established to provide high level strategic advice and policy development for government and corporate clients.  Cameron Strategies has been assisting the PHCC in its consideration of the strategic assessment of the Green Growth Plan on a pro bono basis.











Patrick Pearlman – Principal Solicitor, Environmental Defender’s Office WA

Patrick Pearlman has been EDOWA’s Principal Solicitor since 1 February 2013 and previously held that role with EDO Northern Queensland for nearly 3 years.  Patrick has broad experience in environmental and administrative law and litigation in state courts and tribunals.  Since joining EDOWA, he has been junior counsel assisting to overturn approval of a $45 billion LNG development in the West Kimberley, instructing solicitor in efforts to block the State’s controversial shark control program, and advocate for other persons challenging mining and other development in state tribunals.  Before coming to Australia, Patrick practised law in the USA for nearly 22 years – including 14 years regulating telecommunications and other utility services, and 5 years as an environmental lawyer in private practice.

Patrick received a B.A. (with Distinction) from the University of Michigan in 1985, and a J.D. from the University of Texas in 1988.  He is admitted to practise law in NSW, QLD and WA, and State and Federal courts in Ohio and West Virginia, USA, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit).

More information about the event will be announced soon.

A light supper will be provided and numbers are limited so please RSVP  by 3:00pm Thursday 17th March to to secure your spot.




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