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 2016Read more
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 2016Read more
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.Read more
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 2016Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 2016Read more
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 2016Read more
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.Read more