EDO NSW Blog posts


Reforms must give Aboriginal people central role in heritage protection

By EDO NSW Aboriginal Solicitor Mark Holden

9 July 2014

As one Aboriginal Elder puts it: ‘our culture is our identity’. But under the current system in NSW, the experience of Aboriginal clients of EDO NSW is that it is an uphill battle to protect their culture and heritage.

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Clearing Stops of Leard Forest for Open Cut Coal Mine

By EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

17 June 2014

The threatened animal species hibernating in the Leard State forest received a reprieve  from the clearing by Whitehaven Coal, thanks to the tenacity and vigilance of a local community group near Narrabri in north-western NSW.

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‘Green tape’ cuts: industry wins, locals and the environment lose

By EDO NSW Executive Director Jeff Smith (First published in The Conversation)

14 May 2014

Deep cuts to environment programs and staff in the Federal budget aren’t the only “green” cuts that Australians should be concerned about.

Part of Shoalwater Bay in Queensland, where the federal government blocked a major new coal port in 2008 over its “clearly unacceptable” environmental impacts. Daniel E. Smith/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

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Legal challenges like Bulga a key safeguard against corruption

By EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson (First published in the Newcastle Herald)

15 April 2014

The NSW Government, supported by the mining industry, is quietly shutting down the community’s right to run the type of legal challenge used by the residents of Bulga (Picture - Courtesy of John Krey)


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How the Courts stopped Japan’s “scientific whaling"

By EDO NSW Solicitor Sarah Roebuck

1 April 2014

On 31 March 2014 the United Nation’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its long awaited and historic judgment in the case of Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v Japan). Australia successfully sought a ruling that Japan’s scientific whaling program was not a lawful exception to the international moratorium on commercial whaling.

 A humpback whale. Photo by NOAA via Wikimedia Commons

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Australia's World Heritage Areas under threat

By Jemilah Hallinan, EDO NSW Outreach Director, and Millicent McCreath, Practical Legal Trainee

Over the past year, the status of two of Australia’s most iconic World Heritage Areas has come under attack from actions by the Federal Government.

Tarkine Wilderness, Tasmania, by Seeboundy via Wikimedia Commons

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Hunter group takes council to court to protect endangered species

A Hunter Valley community group is seeking to protect the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater (pictured) by taking legal action against Cessnock Council’s approval of a steel fabrication facility on land which includes potential habitat for the rare bird. Update March 2016: The Court found in favour of our client. Read more


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The Three Sisters declared an Aboriginal Place under state law

The NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage has declared the Three Sisters site in Katoomba an Aboriginal Place under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW) following a nomination by Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association.

The Three Sisters is an important place of cultural significance to the Gundangurra, Wiradjuri, Tharawal and Darug nations, not just at the mountain-top, but in the valley below as an area for cultural ceremonies. 

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Have Your Say about decisions impacting the environment

Public participation in decisions impacting the environment is crucial to achieving the best outcome for local communities and the environment.

Knowing what’s happening in your local area is the first step towards protecting the environment, as it allows you to let decision-makers know what you are concerned about. You can comment on things like draft policies on how threatened species are protected, applications for new developments such as new housing estates, office buildings, mines or roads, and draft plans setting out how protected areas such as national parks are managed. This is now as easy as a few clicks with the EDO NSW’s new website Have Your Say.

This is the first time that all the information you need to effectively engage with decision-makers to achieve better outcomes for your local community and the environment has been brought together in one place.


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‘Economic benefits’ hold sway in changes to NSW mining policy

The economic benefits of a mining project will now be the ‘principal consideration’ for decision-makers such as the NSW Planning Assessment Commission when they consider new mining developments and expansions, following changes introduced this month by the NSW Government.

November 2013

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