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The new biodiversity, land clearing and vegetation laws – what next?

One of the final acts of NSW Parliament in 2016 was to radically alter our long-standing environmental laws. The new laws take a backwards step in environmental protection in NSW. Now that these laws are passed, what’s next?

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

6 December 2016

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The sixth phase of the environmental defenders – and beyond

Reading Law of the Land, a book telling the story of 30 years of EDO NSW, I’m struck by the dedication and talent of the people and communities that have made this remarkable legal centre so successful. But I’m also aware that, just as the book is published, we’re already writing a completely new chapter in our story – a new ‘sixth phase’ that makes me excited for our future.

By Sue Higginson, Chief Executive Officer, EDO NSW

5 December 2016

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Helping Local Land Services and Council staff improve environmental outcomes

By Emily Ryan, EDO NSW Outreach Director 

28 November 2016

That's a wrap! Over the past four months we've run 13 environmental law professional development workshops for over 400 staff of Local Land Services and Local Councils from Broken Hill to Ballina, Deniliquin to Bourke, and many places in between.

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Community gets extra chance to comment on species impact of Manly Vale school development

We've successfully ensured that a Species Impact Statement for a development at Manly Vale Public School is re-exhibited for public comment for a period of 30 days.

23 November 2016

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Another brilliant year of public interest environmental lawyering

By Sue Higginson, EDO NSW Chief Executive Officer

18 November 2016

We’ve just released our 2015/16 Annual Report, so I have been in a retrospective mood, looking back at all we achieved between July 2015 and June 2016. And what a twelve months it was.

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Recognising Aboriginal culture and heritage: our laws need improving

By EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Elaine Johnson

10 October 2016

Current laws in NSW take a very Euro-centric, materialistic approach to protecting Aboriginal culture and heritage. It’s an approach focussed on the protection of ‘stones and bones’ that fails to properly recognise the spiritual and cultural connections to Country. Yet Australia’s Aboriginal heritage is much greater than just physical, archaeological evidence – the law’s ‘materialistic’ view of Aboriginal history misses the unique culture and spirit that connects us to Australia’s past and continues to enrich our society today.

NSW heritage laws are in desperate need of reform.

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Managing water flows in the Murray-Darling Basin: a rebalance will benefit us all

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Solicitor Dr Emma Carmody

29 August 2016

Between 2007 and 2016, the focus of laws and policies on the Murray-Darling Basin has shifted from restoring the health of the Basin to mitigating the socio-economic costs that may be linked to environmental water recovery. This refocus not only threatens the survival of the Basin’s water resources and water-dependent ecosystems, it ignores the link between sustainable water ‘take’ for human use and the long-term viability of Basin communities.

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How science helps us defend the environment through law

Have you heard about our Scientific Advisory Service? Ever wondered how the service works? As we mark National Science Week, here are two case studies showing how science and scientific expertise help us defend the environment through law.

15 August 2016

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How can NSW better tackle greenhouse gas emissions?

In Paris last year, Australia pledged a target to reduce emissions by 2030. All levels of government in Australia need to pitch in if we are to meet our commitments. Several Australian states and territories have laws in place to make a start. NSW doesn’t. Now more than ever, NSW needs to plan for a responsible carbon future, and our planning system is key.

27 July 2016

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The community’s right to participate: what happened to merits review?

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

7 July 2016

Over the past few years, we’ve received many calls and emails from community groups across NSW who are concerned about the removal of their merits review rights for large resource extraction projects. Communities are concerned that they have lost access to a valuable right of public participation in the state’s planning system – the right to appeal the approval of large scale mining and coal seam gas projects to the Land and Environment Court. 

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