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Four Corners Investigation highlights our work to protect the Murray-Darling Basin

Last night, ABC’s Four Corners aired an exposé of alleged illegal water harvesting in the Murray-Darling Basin. The episode highlights major flaws in the way that our scarce and precious water resources are regulated. This is a problem that EDO NSW has been working to fix for a long time, alongside successive governments, scientists and the community.

The episode focuses on allegations that irrigators in the Barwon-Darling catchment have been pumping more water from the river system than their licences, and the law, allows. It also highlights the failure of the responsible government agency to take action to protect this important resource and the communities and environments that depend on it. 

25 July 2017

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Should all environmental charities have to plant trees?

You may have heard that environmental charities are for the first time being required to report how much they spend on ‘on-ground environmental remediation’. This is part of a controversial move to restrict charitable environmental groups to activities such as tree planting, despite current rules that recognise the benefit of education, advocacy and other community services. Remediation is important, but should all environmental charities have to plant trees? That’s the question now being asked as the Treasury consults on how tax-deductible public donations are treated.

By EDO NSW Senior Policy & Law Reform Solicitor Nari Sahukar

20 July 2017

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Solomon Islands gets its first protected area

In May this year, the Solomon Islands Government declared its country’s first ever protected area, the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area in the Arnavon Islands. The Arnavon Islands is the biggest breeding ground for critically endangered hawksbill turtles in the South Pacific. EDO NSW is privileged to have been able to play a role in this historic development for environmental protection.

By EDO NSW International Programs Coordinator BJ Kim

6 July 2017 

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Whaling footage ordered to be released – a win for public interest law!

After years of fighting for transparency, EDO NSW and our clients - Sea Shepherd and HSI - announce that the Information Commissioner has agreed that Australians have the right to see publicly-funded whaling footage.

BY EDO NSW Solicitor Stacey Ella

24 May 2017

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Join us in thanking our volunteers during Volunteer Week 2017

If you’ve ever called us for legal help or accessed our vast array of legal information, chances are you’ve used the services of one of our many volunteers. For National Volunteer week 2017, we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine and Kit, two of our talented, committed volunteers.

8 May 2017

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How can we make national environmental laws better?

How can we improve our national laws to make sure we are protecting the environment for the future? A panel of experts has released their vision for ‘next generation’ environmental laws.

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

4 May 2017, updated 15 September 2017

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Congratulations Wendy Bowman

Please join us in congratulating our client Wendy Bowman, who has been awarded the internationally prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.

By EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Elaine Johnson

24 April 2017

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Analysis: the ever changing face of Barangaroo

The massive urban renewal project underway on public land at Barangaroo has had its fair share of controversy. It has been criticised for its ever-increasing bulk and scale, for being an abuse of the planning process, for representing bad value to the NSW public and has been the subject of two court cases, the most recent concerning the location of the Crown Sydney casino.

By EDO NSW Outreach Director - Community Programs, Jemilah Hallinan

27 March 2017

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A newly discovered frog gets some help from Kangy Angy and EDO NSW

Have you ever heard of Mahony’s Toadlet? Probably not, given that this little frog has only recently been discovered.  We’ve just helped a residents’ group from Kangy Angy, on the NSW Central Coast, get an emergency listing for this rare frog on the NSW threatened species list.

23 March 2017

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Want to shape the laws that shape your neighbourhood? Get the lowdown on changes to NSW planning law

If you need help with your submission on the proposed changes to NSW planning laws, these EDO NSW resources can help.

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

8  March 2017

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