EDO NSW Blog posts


Vale The Hon Jane Mathews AO (1940-2019) – What a woman!

The Board and staff of EDO NSW pay tribute to our Patron and former Chair, the Hon. Jane Mathews AO, who passed away last weekend.

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An ecosystem in crisis – draft report on Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan

The Barwon-Darling is an ecosystem in crisis. That was the conclusion of the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) in its draft report into the Water Sharing Plan of the Barwon-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012, released on 23 July 2019.

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'Wagina is our life': Solomon Islands community wins historic appeal against bauxite mine

In a ground-breaking decision, its first, the Solomon Islands Environment Advisory Committee (EAC) has refused development consent for a bauxite mine on Wagina Island.

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Climate-ready planning laws for NSW: Rocky Hill and beyond

Following hot on the heels of the landmark decision in the Rocky Hill court case, the latest IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming, warnings from the Reserve Bank of Australia and a summer of extreme weather, EDO NSW today publishes its recommendations for climate-ready planning laws for NSW.

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Strength in collaboration - world's environmental lawyers meet in Oregon

Last week, I was privileged to represent EDO NSW at the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) annual meeting in Eugene, Oregon, in the US. At the meeting I learnt from environmental and human rights lawyers and advocates from across the globe – Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, the US, Canada, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Kenya and South Africa, to name only a few of the countries represented.

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Endorsing extinction is not a 'minor' admin task

This week, in a media release titled Stronger protection for threatened species, the Commonwealth Environment Minister officially upgraded the threat status of the Spectacled flying fox from Vulnerable to Endangered; and signed off on our first mammal to go extinct due to climate change, when the Bramble Cay melomys was moved from the Endangered category to the Extinct category on our national threatened species list. Ironically, the Minister’s pen is also now poised to co-sign “minor” amendments to an agreement that will outsource national environmental assessment and officially endorse the trajectory of biodiversity decline in NSW. We contend that endorsing extinction is not a minor administrative exercise.

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The other Rocky Hill grounds

The ground-breaking climate change aspects of last Friday’s Land and Environment Court merits appeal decision on the Rocky Hill Coal Project continue to be the deserved subject of media attention. However, the Court also upheld the original refusal of the mine on a number of other important environmental, social, economic, and cultural grounds finding that the mine project would “severely impact on people’s sense of place”. 

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Forest update: NSW turns its attention to forestry on private land

The NSW Government wrapped up major changes to logging on public land in late 2018 and now turns its attention to private native forestry, with the first round of public consultation open until 31 January 2019.

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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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