NSW land-clearing Code declared invalid

Today the NSW Land & Environment Court ordered that “on and from 24 August 2017, the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2017 has been invalid and of no effect.” This extraordinary order stems from a legal error made by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries, but belies a profound problem with the new biodiversity and land clearing laws and management system in NSW

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Fiji fisheries forum and Serua island visit

Last month, International Programs Manager BeomJin (BJ) Kim and CEO David Morris visited Fiji to attend the Fisheries Forum run by EDO NSW’s partner, the Fiji Environmental Law Association (FELA).

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World Wetlands Day 2018

Do we really want to take more water away from two of our iconic, internationally significant wetlands?


2 February 2018


Macquarie Marshes - photo Bev Smiles.

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EDO NSW: Snapshots 2017

As the end of 2017 hurtles towards us, it’s a great time for me to reflect a little on my first months as CEO and to provide you with a snapshot of just some of the critical legal work undertaken by the sensational EDO NSW team during the year.

David Morris

By David Morris, Chief Executive Officer, EDO NSW

20 December 2017

In October I took over as CEO from the wonderful Sue Higginson. I’d like to pay tribute to Sue and the rare and outstanding contribution she’s made, not only to EDO NSW, but to public interest environmental law in Australia and to the environment generally. 

I also want to thank sincerely Wendy Bowman. Wendy is one of EDO NSW’s true champions and in 2017 was the deserving recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards, the Goldman Environmental Prize. The prize recognised Wendy’s outstanding work opposing coal developments in the Hunter Valley. Winners of the Goldman award receive a substantial sum of money and, in an act of incredible generosity, Wendy has dedicated a large portion of the winnings to EDO NSW. It is humbling to receive and a testament to how significant Wendy sees our work. 

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Landmark deep seabed mining case in PNG

The Centre for Environmental Law & Community Rights (CELCOR) in Papua New Guinea, our partner through the EDO NSW International Program, has filed legal proceedings against the PNG Government to obtain key documents relating to the Solwara 1 deep sea mining project.

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Strengthening fisheries and oceans management law and policy in Fiji

Fiji is an archipelagic state, with its ocean area being its most significant resource, making sustainable management a key law and policy issue.

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David Morris Q+A

Our new CEO David Morris came to the role having spent four years with EDONT in Darwin. So, how has his time in the NT influenced his approach to public environmental law? We asked about the highlights of his time heading up EDONT, why he became an environmental lawyer and how he stays optimistic.

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Sue Higginson Q+A

After 12 years at EDO NSW, the last two as CEO, Sue Higginson is bowing out. We asked about the highlights – and low points – of her time at the EDO and how she stays hopeful.


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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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