The Environmental Planning Tool (EPT) is a sector specific mapping product, offering access to a broad range of data relevant to land use, infrastructure and environmental planning and to unique reporting functions linked to regulatory processes.  Quick access to data interpretation and the user friendly interface are designed to support regular and casual users.

The key benefits of using the EPT include significantly increased time efficiency in meeting regulatory requirements through:
  • the ability to generate desktop assessment reports for native vegetation clearing applications
  • the ability to undertake desktop assessments for any site or an area of interest to inform land use planning, infrastructure and environmental planning
  • the ability to undertake desktop assessments required for licencing of 'prescribed premisses', consistent with Guidance Statement: Environmental Siting
  • access to mapping tools to assist with project planning, natural area mapping and management monitoring, and
  • access to a wide range of regularly updated data by staff across Local Government (via single subscription).

EPT News

In March, the EPT platform has been upgraded to facilitate planned EPT capability extensions. The recent upgrade resulted in improvements to speed and overall performance, security enhancements and the ability to generate reports locally. This will enable for example further increases in the size of imported shape files or the generations of new report forms.

To take full advantage of these upgrades, users of the Desktop EPT are encouraged to replace the current EPT application with the new, upgraded version available here.

To keep up to date with EPT upgrades, check the EPT Update document ( last updated 2 April 2019) or subscribe to the EPT User Group updates by sending an emial request to rzelinova@walga.asn.au.

Accessing the EPT

There are two options for accessing the EPT. Use of the EPT is subject to specific conditions.

1 EPT DESKTOP application provides access to the full suite of data, reporting functions and drawing functions.  Subscriptions are required to gain access - current subscribers can download the new desktop application using the instructions below: 2 EPT WEB VERSION allows data viewing and reporting on selectable layers. This version does not include any of the data creation functions (annotations) but is useful when needing to quickly check information during site visits or without the need to download the desktop application.
To access the web version of the EPT use the http://lbp.asn.au/index_ept.html (subscription only) or use http://lbp.asn.au/index_public.html

EPT Training

Free EPT training is delivered to subscribers, demonstrating the EPT's capabilities to deliver specific tasks.  An option of in-house training within Local Government offices can be arranged by contacting Renata Zelinova, Business Development Officer (Environmental Planning Tool) on rzelinova@walga.asn.au or phone 9213 2521 (Tuesdays to Thursdays).

Scheduled EPT Demonstration and Training:
  • WALGA Offices 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville 
    • Thursday,  16 May 2019 9:30am to 12.00pm 

Subscription

Subscription to the EPT represents great value for money when compared to the expense of work tasks involving external spatial data searching/sourcing, data compilation and mapping actions. Local Governments and WALGA Associate Members can subscribe to the Environmental Planning Tool Service. Subscription revenue assists WALGA to ensure the EPT is maintained to a high standard, with the most current and comprehensive range of data; to continue developing the most useful functionality, value-added tools and mapping ability for users needs and to provide ongoing excellent service to our subscribers.

Not sure if you want to subscribe?
Try our smaller, public version. The public version of the EPT is still available free of charge. To access the public version you’ll need to download the desktop application by following the instructions for either Windows or Mac users above. *Please note that the public version is only designed for community use. This version has a limited range of datasets and reporting functionality.

Local Governments considering subscribing are welcome to attend an EPT demonstration delivered as part of scheduled EPT training and can request a free trial login to assess the benefits of the EPT to their operations. The trial login will provide access to the full range of data and all reporting options. To arrange a trial login, contact Renata Zelinova, Business Development Officer (Environmental Planning Tool) on rzelinova@walga.asn.au or phone 9213 2521 (Tuesdays to Thursdays).

How to use the EPT