EDO NSW Blog posts


The limits of adaptive management

Last week the Land and Environment Court applied the precautionary principle and refused a mining project that provided insufficient information in its environmental assessment about the impacts of the mine on groundwater and surface water. The case sets an important benchmark in environmental decision making that can now be applied to all planning decisions.


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Can community members afford access to justice?

Being exposed to cost orders in the courts is one of the major impediments to community members starting or continuing litigation to protect the environment in the public interest. Recently, there was a decision in the Land and Environment Court of NSW that will have significant consequences for community groups seeking to enforce breaches of planning or environmental laws in the future.

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EDO NSW funding update

EDO NSW has received formal confirmation that we will continue to receive Public Purpose Fund funding for a further three months, April to June 2013.

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Launch of ‘Mining Law in NSW: A Guide for the Community’

This week’s launch of EDO NSW’s Mining Law in NSW guide has turned out to be an incredibly timely reminder of a critical but often little understood role that the Environmental Defender’s Office has played for decades.



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Environmental law academics speak out in support of EDO NSW

Fifty-seven environmental law academics from around Australia have signed on to a letter to Premier Barry O’Farrell outlining the value of public interest work for the environment and the work of EDO NSW specifically.

The editorial by Don Anton, Andrew Macintosh, James Prest and Matthew Zagor in the Canberra Times today is based on this letter, and highlights EDO NSW’s important place in both the broader community and the legal profession.

Previous media coverage of our funding situation is listed in our last bulletin.

Overwhelming response from EDO NSW supporters

Since my last blog post, EDO NSW has continued to receive an incredible show of support from the community.

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Update on EDO NSW funding situation

Last week I sent our clients and supporters an email to let you know that EDO NSW faces unprecedented threats to its funding and its ability to provide you with legal services in your work for the environment. We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people expressing their concern at these threats and their support for the work of EDO NSW. On behalf of the office, I would like to thank everyone who has taken action on this issue by contacting MPs, speaking out in the media, and spreading the word. We have people writing articles, making calls, donating and even creating a petition on our behalf (perhaps you’d also like to sign on). Thank you all.

Updates on this situation will be provided in future issues of our Bulletin, on our Blog, and via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for further updates and links to media coverage. With your support, we’ll be doing our best to ensure that we can maintain our services to help you to help the environment.

EDO NSW Under Threat

Today EDO NSW took the extraordinary step of contacting all our clients and supporters and asking them to speak up in support of EDO.

We don’t take this step lightly but our future as it stands is incredibly dire. We only have confirmed funding from our major funding source, the Public Purpose Fund, until 31 March next year.

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