6 April, 2018 – Department of Premier and Cabinet announce Suspension of Strategic Assessment of Perth and Peel Regions (SAPPR)

The State Government has decided to suspend work on the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions (SAPPR) until a critical review of the ongoing costs, risks and benefits for Western Australia is completed and can be considered by government. A lot of important and complex work has been completed as part of the SAPPR process and some outcomes have been delivered – including helping inform the sub-regional planning frameworks which were recently endorsed by the State Government.

However the project presents many policy, legal and financial challenges which have been proving difficult to resolve, amongst the competing priorities of the government. As a result a re-evaluation of the project is the responsible step forward.

In the coming months, an independent review will consult across governments, and with industry, local governments and non-government organisations.

SAPPR sought to secure up front environmental approval for future development and raw materials extraction for an identified development footprint for a 30-year period. It represents the largest and most complex land use reconciliation work, attempting to balance certainty for development and long term environmental protection.

Further updates will be provided through the SAPPR website at www.dpc.wa.gov.au as they are available.


8 June 2018

The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council recently received an email from the Department of Premier and Cabinet with an update on the SAPPR review. This email states:

As you may be aware the State Government has decided to suspend the work on the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions (Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million) to allow for a critical review of the ongoing costs, risks and benefits to Western Australia to be undertaken and considered by government. The Premier has approved an Independent four member panel to review the Strategic Assessment pursuant to the Terms of Reference (Attachment 1). The Panel will report to the Deputy Premier, Hon. Roger Cook MLA who will oversee the review, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Panel members are :

    • Darren Cooper (chair) – Darren Cooper is the current National President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and has more than thirty years’ experience in the property and banking industries.  Darren holds a number of Chair, Deputy Chair, and Independent Director roles on a number of commercial and not-for-profit Boards.
    • Robyn Glindemann – Robyn Glindemann is an expert in planning and environmental law. Ms Glindemann is currently Director at Lantegy Legal, a specialist environment and land access law firm, and is a Past President of the National Environmental Law Association.
    • Ross Holt – Ross Holt is an economist and a former career public servant, including Assistant Under Treasurer and as a former CEO of the WA Land Authority (LandCorp). Mr Holt has extensive experience in economics and across residential, commercial, regional and industrial land development, and he holds a number of Board Chair and Director roles.
    • Professor Michael Poole – Prof Michael Poole is the inaugural Chair of the WA Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI). Professor Poole has a strong history in agriculture and environmental science and has been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division for service to environmental science as a leader, researcher and adviser to government. 

The Panel will soon be engaging with stakeholders and will consider appropriate methods of wider consultation.

To view the attachment with the Terms of Reference click here.




A copy of the presentation from the SHARE in the Shed Green Growth Plan Update (15 September) can be viewed here

Our final submission on the strategic assessment can be downloaded here.  Attachment A (the PHCC’s proposal for extensions to the Peel-Yalgorup System Ramsar site and the State Government’s response) can be downloaded here.

The public comment period is now closed.
Overview of SAPPR

Click here for an overview of the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.  PHCC update (August 2015): Download here

February 2016 public forum

The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council hosted a public forum on Thursday 11 February in Mandurah. The forum included a presentation by Simon Taylor from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and a question and answer session with government agency representatives. More than 90 people were in attendance. A copy of Simon’s presentation can be downloaded here. After the public forum concluded, participants were invited to provide any outstanding questions for the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The compiled questions have now been provided to the Department, and we have asked them to respond as soon as possible. A copy of the questions can be downloaded here. The Department’s responses can be downloaded here.

In the media

On 16 February 2016, the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s chairman Andy Gulliver spoke with Radio 6mm Focus On The Peel host Paddi Creevey and The Drive Through host Peter Rowe about the Green Growth Plan.  As Andy Gulliver says in this podcast ‘…let’s be an informed community that contributes to its own future!’ For the podcast, click here.

Community Information Session held on 21 March 2016:

We hosted a second community information event with environmental impact assessment and legal experts Angus Morrison Saunders (Murdoch University), Nicole Matthews (Cameron Strategies) and Patrick Pearlman (EDOWA). For speaker bios click here. The event focused on four important questions:

  • What does a good strategic assessment look like?
  • How can we tell if the current strategic assessment ‘stacks up’?
  • What strategies can we use to measure or weigh-up the pros and cons (impacts)?
  • Understanding the impacts – are they acceptable?
  • Tips on how to make your submission most effective

Patrick discussed the EDO’s perspective on the Green Growth Plan documents including the impact assessment documents that have been provided by the DPC. The EDO has concerns about the plan, including the scale and severity of impacts on Black Cockatoos, the security of land reserved as conservation estate with respect to mining/exploration tenements, some potential inconsistencies in the provided mapping and the need for additional background information. The EDO’s forthcoming white paper is due to be released at the end of March. For more information about the white paper (and to contribute to their crowd funding campaign) check out their website here. Angus discussed the strategic assessment from the WA perspective, including an inspiring discussion of the role and opportunity for public involvement in environmental impact assessment as set out under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.  To view Angus’s presentation Download here. Nicole discussed the strategic assessment in the context of the Australian Government’s environmental impact assessment law and policy. Included in her presentation was an excellent overview of the strategic assessment Terms of Reference  as a benchmark for evaluating the Green Growth Plan documents (Appendix C and D in particular). She also gave practical tips on how to make your submission most effective. To view Nicole’s presentation Download here.

What did we learn?
  • Under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, you have the right to have your say on the plan, and the right to a response. The law gives citizens the power to shape the outcome of the strategic assessment. We urge you to write a submission: whether it’s to support the things you like, and/or to suggest alternatives to the things you don’t.
  • The very basis of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 is its five principles. Check out Angus’s presentation (especially slide 4) to find out more.
  • When writing a submission, make it clear what you do support and what you don’t. For more tips check out Angus’ and Nicole’s presentations.  Where possible, you should clearly explain:
    • What you do/don’t like
    • Why you do/don’t like it
    • What evidence you have to support your opinion, and
    • A suggested alternative.
Helpful Links

A number of State and Commonwealth documents are relevant to the Strategic Assessment, including:

Numerous organisations and individuals have contributed to the discussion, including:

  • Birdlife Australia, their website the power of many includes information about the GGP’s impacts on wetlands and bird habitats, and includes an example submission template for people to download
  • Birdlife have also created a page birdsyoulove which provides information in relation to the impacts of the GGP on the critically endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo
  • The Urban Bushland Council have provided information about the Strategic Assessment on their webpage and in their ‘key points of concern’ document.
  • Gary Middle is the Director of VisionEnvironment, with more than 30 years of experience in environment planning, sustainability planning, coastal planning, policy and governance, open space planning, environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and climate change governance.  He is also an independent member of the Western Australian Planning Commission. He has prepared an ‘unofficial summary’ that can be downloaded from his website here.
  • The EDO are preparing an expert opinion report on the Green Growth Plan. Check out their website here for more info.
  • Professor Philip Jennings is the President of the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre and the Wetlands Conservation Society. He prepared comments on the Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan that you can download here.
  • Errol Harwood is a Myalup resident and convener of the Myalup Bird Observers (a branch of Birdlife Western Australia), his comments on the Green Growth Plan can be downloaded here

Please contact us at admin@peel-harvey.org.au if you have any comments, ideas or suggestions to links related to the Strategic Assessment.