The Environmental Planning Tool (EPT) provides a large range of data relevant to land use, infrastructure and environmental planning. The online tool has the capability to facilitate the inclusion of local data and the unique reporting functions allow easy and quick access to data interpretation.

The key benefits of using the EPT include:

  • increased time efficiency in undertaking desktop assessments for a specific site or an area of interest to inform land use planning at all levels or environmental planning;
  • ability to generate desktop assessment reports required for the implementation of a new Strategic Purpose Permit for native vegetation clearing for minor infrastructure projects, developed by the Department of Environment Regulation specifically for Local Governments; 
  • ability to access a wide range of updated data; and 
  • ability to communicate with wide range of stakeholders, including community volunteers. 

The EPT maps the location of threatened ecological communities and listed vulnerable and threatened flora and fauna species. Some areas of Waroona, such as Lake Clifton – located on the Swan Coastal Plain, contain mapped areas of threatened species like Tuart trees (Eucalyptus gomphocephala). It is estimate that only 35% of Tuart Woodlands (pre-European settlement) remain and approximately 67% of the existing tuarts are on freehold land. The mapping shows areas where tuarts will likely occur, however ground-truthing is required to validate the data provided by the mapping. 

To access the public version of the Environmental Planning Tool, please see the link below.