The Environmental Planning Tool (EPT) is a niche mapping product, providing 'one-stop-shop' to a large range of data relevant to land use, infrastructure and environmental planning and to unique reporting functions linked to regulatory process requirements. The latest update of this application includes bushfire risk management planning tools such as generation of Bushfire Hazard Levels (BHL) and Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) contours. Quick access to data interpretation and the user friendly interface are designed to support 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 required for the delivering projects under the Minor Infrastructure Purpose Permit provisions for native vegetation clearing, developed by the Department of Water and Environment Regulation specifically for Local Government
  • 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: Environmnetal Siting
  • access to mapping tools to assist with project planning, natural area mapping and management monitoring, and
  • access to a wide range of updated data by staff across Local Government (via single subscription).

EPT Demonstration and Training

WALGA is offering free training workshops available to subscribers, demonstrating the EPT's capabilities to deliver specific tasks.  Local Governments considering subscribing are also welcome to attend.  An option of in-house training within Local Government offices is available. To organise an in-house session or to register for a session to be held at WALGA contact 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 
    • Wednesday, 6 June 9:30am to 3:00pm 
    • Thursday, 28 June 9:30am to 3.00pm 

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 a 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
 

Subscription Options

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 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