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EDO NSW EBULLETIN – 17 November 2017: Number 1032
Our new case alleging unlawful water harvesting in the Barwon-Darling
This week we filed a civil enforcement case on behalf of client, the Inland Rivers Network, seeking environmental justice for the Murray-Darling Basin.
The Inland Rivers Network is seeking, amongst other things, an injunction preventing the licence holder from continuing to breach the relevant licence conditions. In addition, and in order to make good any depletion of environmental flows caused by the alleged unlawful pumping, our client is also asking the Court to require the licence holder to return to the river system an equivalent volume of water to that alleged to have been unlawfully taken, or to restrain the licence holder from pumping such a volume from the river system during the next period of low flows.
Failure to comply with a court order constitutes contempt of court, which is a criminal offence.
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The Darling River at Wilcannia. Photo Ruby Davies.
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EDO Insider – Protecting Sydney’s drinking water catchment
The Nattai River, part of Sydney’s drinking water catchment.
Join us for a lunchtime seminar in Sydney on Friday 1 December to find out more about one of our most significant recent cases.
In August, the NSW Court of Appeal found in favour of 4nature in its landmark legal action to protect Sydney’s drinking water catchment from the impacts of the Springvale coal mine. This was the first case to test laws introduced to protect Sydney’s drinking water catchment. However, special legislation passed by the NSW Parliament in October retrospectively validated the mine approval and will change the way the ‘neutral or beneficial’ effect on water quality test is applied in future when applications to continue existing projects are considered.
Join members of the legal team, Barrister Nicholas Kelly and EDO NSW Senior Solicitor Rana Koroglu to find out more about how this case was won, the precedent value of the judgment and the effect of the special legislation.
Fresh fine for failure to clean up asbestos waste
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined a waste operator $7500 after he failed to comply with an EPA direction to clean up contaminated fill that had been deposited at a private property in Mowbray Park.
Order to stop processing waste
The EPA has ordered Empire Bins to stop receiving, transporting and processing waste after inspections revealed their Banksmeadow site was being operated in an environmentally unsatisfactory manner.
Fine for failure to register asbestos waste
The EPA has fined a Newcastle resident $750 for failing to register a load of asbestos waste with the EPA’s WasteLocate system.
In October, Allan Robinson was using a private vehicle to transport 640kg of asbestos waste from a demolition site to the SUEZ landfill in Raymond Terrace.
It is a requirement in NSW that any load of asbestos waste weighing more than 100 kilograms, or consisting of more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting, must be reported and tracked through the WasteLocate system. .
Planning Amendments pass NSW Parliament
Recent EDO submissions and reports
Read all our law reform submissions and briefing papers on our website.
New legislation introduced to Parliament
This Bill proposes to remove prohibitions in Commonwealth laws on the construction and operation of certain nuclear installations.
This Bill seeks to amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 with respect to the system of environmental planning and assessment in New South Wales.
This Bill seeks to make miscellaneous amendments to certain road transport and related legislation.
The Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct and its associated values has been included in the National Heritage List.
The area extends 5km north east of Burra, comprising the London Bridge area, including the London Bridge Homestead group and outbuildings and the London Bridge Arch.
Local Environmental Plan tracking
To access the LEP tracking system, visit the Department of Planning and Environment website. Read more about LEPs in our Fact Sheets. Visit your local council’s website to see if there are any planning proposals or LEP changes open for public comment.
This eBulletin provides alerts for opportunities to comment on changes to law and policy, and activities that may impact the environment in your area. For a comprehensive list of current opportunities to have your say on a range of environment and planning matters, visit our Have Your Say site.
This online resource also helps the community to effectively engage with decision-makers and request a workshop for your community. We are always trying to improve our community resources and are currently seeking feedback on the effectiveness of Have Your Say. You can help us out by checking out the site and completing a short three-question survey.
The EPA wants feedback on the proposed changes to NSW environment protection legislation concerning construction waste.
Submissions are invited until Tuesday, 12 December 2017.
A proposal by Infrastructure NSW for the refurbishment and rejuvenation of the Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct is on exhibition.
Submissions are invited until Friday, 24 November 2017.
The Department of Planning and Environment is seeking feedback on reforms to update the planning framework for environmental protection and management.
Submissions are invited until Monday, 15 January 2017.
The Marine Estate Management Authority is seeking feedback on the draft Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018-2028.
Submissions are invited until Friday, 8 December 2017.
The Office of Environment & Heritage is seeking feedback on the Mallee Cliffs National Park Review for the Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals.
Submissions are invited until Saturday, 2 December 2017.
Two draft savanna fire management methods are open for public consultation –Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative - Sequestration and Emissions Avoidance) Methodology Determination 2018 and Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Emissions Avoidance) Methodology Determination 2018.
Submissions are invited until Monday, 27 November 2017.
Comments are invited on the position statement for the inshore, coastal and adjacent catchment ecosystems that connect land and sea.
Submissions are invited until Friday, 24 November 2017.
The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee inquiry on the protection of Aboriginal rock art of the Burrup Peninsula.
Submissions are invited until Thursday, 23 November 2017.
The Environment and Communications Reference Committee is seeking public input with respect to the adequacy of the regulatory framework governing water use by the extractive industry.
Submissions are invited until Friday15 December 2017.
Threatened Species and Endangered Ecological Community Listing
For a full listing of threatened species and endangered ecological community listings currently open for public comment, visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website and the Australian Department of the Environment website.
For a full listing of fisheries assessments currently open for public comment, visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries website and the Australian Department of the Environment website.
Plans of Management: Invitation to comment
The full listing of plans of management for protected areas can be viewed on the Office of Environment and Heritage website. To learn more about the Plans of Management, see our Fact Sheet on Protected Areas.
Major Project proposals: Invitation to comment
For a full listing of major project proposals currently open for public comment, visit the Department of Planning and Environment’s website. To learn more about the planning process for major projects, read our Fact Sheet on State Significant Development and State Significant Infrastructure.
EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment
Referrals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) can be viewed on the Australian Environment Department’s website. To learn more, read our Fact Sheet on the EPBC Act.
New Coal and Petroleum Exploration Licence Applications
To view current coal and petroleum (including CSG) exploration licence applications and approvals, visit the Minerals and Petroleum website. The NSW Government Gazette also contains a list of all exploration and mining lease applications and determinations. Public comment can be made on coal and petroleum (including CSG) exploration licence applications on the Minerals and Petroleum website. To learn more, read the EDO NSW publication Mining Law in NSW: A guide for the community.
Trees in the Shire – new clearing rules
On 25 August this year, new laws came into effect for clearing trees and bushland in NSW, including the Greater Sydney area.
Join us to hear what these new laws mean for trees and bushland in Sydney’s North and what you can do to help protect its special natural heritage. EDO’s Jemilah Hallinan, Outreach Director – Community Programs will be presenting..
When: Thursday 23 November 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm
Trees in Sydney’s North – new clearing laws
In August this year, new laws came into effect for clearing trees and bushland in NSW, including the Greater Sydney area.
Emily Ryan, Outreach Director Professional Programs EDO NSW will speak on the night.
When: Thursday 30 November 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm
2017 Nancy Hillier Memorial lecture
This annual lecture commemorates the life work of Botany Bay activist Nancy Hillier with a focus on the role of public participation in decision making. This year, the keynote speaker is Amanda Tattersall, on citizen participation under the title ‘Sydney, a city worth fighting for?’
Eastlakes resident Tim Clifford will screen his short documentary on urban development in the Botany Bay area.
When: Thursday 23 November 2017 starting 6:00pm
Public information sessions on new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage
Find out about the proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage and provide feedback on the draft legislation by taking part in public information sessions, workshops and webinars.
When: November, December 2017
Renewable Energy Day
Join one of two bus tours to visit renewable energy sites throughout the ACT and south east NSW region.
When: Saturday 25 November 2017 9am – 3:30pm
A Spring Day in the Gardens of Stone
A picnic to raise awareness of the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal.
When: Sunday 26 November 2017 11:00am - 2:30pm
Wild Law: The Theory and Practice of Earth Jurisprudence
A Summer School at Griffith University Law School.
When: Monday 27 November-Friday 1 December 2017
Has the legal industry managed to go beyond tokenism and be truly LGBTQI-inclusive? Do we need to do more to promote LGBTQI inclusion initiatives within the industry?
Hear from the keynote speaker Hon. Michael Kirby AC, CMG, followed by drinks and canapés.
When: Wednesday 29 November 2017 starts 5:30pm
EDO Insider – Protecting Sydney’s drinking water catchment
Join members of the legal team who ran EDO NSW’s 4nature vs Springvale mine case, Barrister Nicholas Kelly and EDO NSW Senior Solicitor Rana Koroglu, to find out more about how the case was won, the precedent value of the judgment and the effect of the special legislation.
When: Friday 1 December 2017
Adaminaby Private Land Conservation workshop
Free workshop in Adaminaby about: Traditional Ngarigo Culture, history, language and land management; Landscape connectivity and how you can contribute to conservation through the Land for Wildlife project; How to survey your land for native and pest animals with infrared cameras, with an opportunity to borrow a camera from the ‘Who’s Living on my Land?’ project.
When: Saturday 2 December 2017 10:00am – 3:30pm
The Biosphere Question – Sydney Ideas
Environmental historian and historical geographer Jason W Moore will challenge the theory and history offered by the most significant environmental concept of our times: the Anthropocene, literally the 'Age of Man'.
When: Thursday 7 December 2017 6:00 - 7:30pm
Launch of the Women's Energy and Climate Law Network
The Women's Energy and Climate Law Network (WECLN) is a new network of female academics and practitioners working in the field of climate and energy law. The WECLN launch event will combine discussion panels with eminent energy and climate law scholars, small group sessions, mentoring sessions on careers in climate and energy law and an opportunity to input into future directions for the network.
When: Friday 8 December 2017 9:30am – 4:30pm followed by dinner
Sustaining the Seas Conference: Fish, oceanic space and the politics of caring
Registrations are now open for the Sustaining the Seas conference, hosted by the Sustainable Fish Lab.
When: Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 December 2017
Caring Better for the Seas – Sydney Ideas
This panel of academics and NGOs will look at diverse practices and politics of caring – from caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Sea countries, campaigns on fish and fishing, to how surfers navigate the necessity of caring for the ocean with a desire to preserve secret surf spots.
When: Monday 11 December 2017 5:00 – 6:30pm
Where: Foyer, Level 2 Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
NELA Essay Competition
The NELA Essay Competition is now open, seeking essays that address issues facing Australian environmental law from undergraduate and postgraduate students at Australian universities.
Essays can be submitted until 18 December 2017.
Law Society of NSW Women’s Mentoring Program 2018
The Law Society is looking for mentees and mentors for the Women's Mentoring Program 2018.
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