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New Government Initiative for Environmental Assessments

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / May 28, 2020

On 13 May 2020, the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan announced the funding of the Environmental Online initiative and the establishment of a Biodiversity Information Office (BIO), led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER). The measures announced will streamline the environmental assessment and approval processes in Western Australia and will minimise…

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What is the Importance of Environmental Compliance Reporting?

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / May 26, 2020

Firstly, what is environmental compliance? Businesses of all sorts may have requirements to comply with environmental legislation, regulations or other guidelines.  This includes where: a business operates under certain legislation or regulations which needs to be complied with environmental approvals have been granted and conditions of that approval need to be met a business has…

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What is Important for a Good Flora and Vegetation Survey?

By Adrian Barrett / April 30, 2020

Flora and vegetation surveys are used to gather information about the plants and collection of plants (vegetation), that is, the floristic values, of a specific area.  The flora component refers to individual species while the vegetation component refers to the composition of the collection of flora species. A survey is generally undertaken by botanists or…

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environmental monitoring

What Do Environmental Monitoring Specialists Look At?

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / April 15, 2020

Understanding the human impact on natural environments is crucial for developing sustainable and ethical practices. One of the key methods used to achieve an in-depth and scientifically rigorous understanding of the human impact is ‘environmental monitoring’. These days environmental monitoring plays a key role ensuring environmental standards and conservation objectives are achieved. Often, environmental monitoring…

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environmental impact assessment western australia

What is the Difference Between Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment?

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / March 31, 2020

Environmental assessments and environmental impact assessments are both important steps in the environmental approvals process. While they are often confused with one another, they each play a different and distinct role. Put simply, environmental assessments define the environment while environmental impact assessments define the proposed activity and what effect it will have on the defined…

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Coronavirus Crippling Businesses Everywhere

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting businesses globally in many ways including reduced trade, temporary business closures, staffing issues, and supply chain interruptions. Across the globe, “non-essentials” are being shut-down in the midst of the outbreak.   Businesses across most industries are feeling the pinch as consumers and clients shift priorities and bunker down.  It will…

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What is an Environmental Impact Assessment?

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / March 2, 2020

An environmental impact assessment in Western Australia is a process governed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in line with the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). At a national level, environmental impact assessments may also be assessed and considered for approval by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). Environmental impact…

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Charles Darwin

International Darwin Day

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / February 11, 2020

Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science. Darwin Day is a recently instituted celebration intended to commemorate…

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Why is Environmental Management Good for your Organisation?

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / February 7, 2020

Environmental management is the systematic approach to finding practical ways to reduce negative impacts on the environment. Environmental management involves being aware of the impacts that you have on the environment and how to reduce or manage that impact. This may include: Minimising the amount of vegetation cleared for a development Reducing energy consumption Reducing…

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Australian bush fires

Australian Bushfires – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / January 15, 2020

Bushfires in Australia can impact extensive areas, cause property damage and take the lives of humans and wildlife.  Since 1851, bushfires in Australia have accounted for the deaths of 800 people in Australia. This month, it has been estimated that over 1.25 billion animals have died during this ongoing Australian bushfire season. The sad statistics…

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