Legal Updates


Using the law to protect the Murray-Darling Basin

EDO NSW has commenced civil enforcement proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court on behalf of its client, the Inland Rivers Network (IRN), in relation to two water access licences owned by a large-scale irrigator on the Barwon-Darling River.

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Changes to water protections hard to swallow

The NSW Parliament this week passed a law to overrule the Court of Appeal’s decision that the Springvale coal mine was unlawfully approved. But it went one step further and also weakened laws that protect Sydney’s drinking water catchment. This retroactive law denies the public the opportunity to hear extensive expert evidence on the future of the mine and allows industries like mining to continue polluting Sydney’s drinking water into the future.

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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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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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Protections for water too fluid?

The fluidity of legal protections for Sydney’s drinking water has been exposed by a proposal to modify a consent condition that limits the impact of Centennial Coal’s Springvale coal mine on water quality in Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

By EDO NSW Outreach Director - Community Programs, Jemilah Hallinan

22 February 2017

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Complementary measures: is carp herpes really a substitute for water in the Murray-Darling?

The Australian Government is under pressure to implement new ‘complementary measures’ in the Murray-Darling Basin. These measures would substitute environmental water flows for actions that do not involve the release of water into the system – such as introducing a herpes virus to kill carp. However complementary measures are no substitute for water, and are not provided for under either the Water Act or Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Solicitor Dr Emma Carmody

2 February 2017

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