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Toxic: what is rotten in the Murray-Darling Basin?

It’s not just fish.

The devastating scene of thousands of dead fish in one of Australia’s most important river systems highlights a failure of governance and policy, Quentin Grafton, Emma Carmody (of EDO NSW), Matthew Colloff and John Williams write.

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Concerns about bottling in the Tweed

Water is a precious resource in Australia, of intrinsic concern to us all. Yet water rights are often in dispute; mining can jeopardise water quality and quantity; and sharing often limited reserves can place community relationships under strain. EDO NSW continues to apply and advance the law concerning this most vital resource.

Read this account from our Annual Report 2017-2018 of our response to concerns about water bottling in the Tweed valley:

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Protecting heritage-listed and critically endangered woodland

We are environmental and planning lawyers. We empower communities to identify unlawful behaviour, to challenge unwelcome or unhealthy developments and navigate their way through a planning system that can be confusing and intimidating.

Here is the story of the Fernhill estate, as told in our Annual Report 2017-2018:

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A community gains access to justice

Merits appeal rights were introduced over 30 years ago as part of extensive law reform designed to improve the integrity of the planning system. They allow communities to challenge a development approval on a project’s merits, taking into account environmental, social and economic impacts.

Over recent years, community merits appeal rights have been eroded – routinely, in cases involving mining projects. EDO NSW advocates for the reinstatement of community rights to a merits appeal. It’s crucial that the people with most to lose – whose homes, businesses, communities, land, air and water quality are at risk from mines and other developments – are able to have their voices heard in Court.

Here is the Gloucester merits appeal story, as told by Julie Lyford, from the EDO NSW Annual Report 2017-2018.

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Visiting logging sites in PNG

An EDO NSW and Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) team, including solicitor Peter Bellach and barrister Dr Chris McGrath, visited the island of New Hanover in northeastern Papua New Guinea in late November 2018 to view logging sites.

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A tribute to Murray Wilcox

Jess Feehely writes: EDOs of Australia was saddened by the news that Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC, who was instrumental in establishing the network of EDOs and advancing environmental governance across the country, passed away last week.

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Experience: Interning at the EDO

Law student Felicity Brown recently did her Aurora internship at EDO NSW. Felicity is currently in her fourth year of a Bachelor Law/ Bachelor of International Relations/ Diploma of Languages (French) at the Australian National University in Canberra. Here she writes about her interning experience.

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Regulating plastics in the Pacific

Next to climate change, plastics arguably represent the greatest environmental threat facing the planet today. In response, EDO NSW has worked with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and with EDO ACT to produce a guide for policymakers and legislative drafters on regulating plastics in Pacific Island countries.

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Emma Carmody: recipient of the 2018 Dunphy Award

Dr Emma Carmody, EDO NSW water law expert, has won the Dunphy Award for “most outstanding environmental effort of an individual” at the 2018 Environment Awards hosted by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

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More than just fish and ships - the case for an Oceans Act

EDO NSW has written a report for HSI Australia which sets out a vision for nationally integrated marine management, with strong national, regional and global leadership through a new Oceans Authority and clear framework legislation – an Oceans Act.

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