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 2017Read more
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 2017Read more
In May 2017, the Solomon Islands Government declared its country’s first ever protected area, the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area in the Arnavon Islands. The Arnavon Islands is the biggest breeding ground for critically endangered hawksbill turtles in the South Pacific. EDO NSW is privileged to have been able to play a role in this historic development for environmental protection.
By EDO NSW International Programs Coordinator BJ Kim
6 July 2017Read more
If you’ve ever called us for legal help or accessed our vast array of legal information, chances are you’ve used the services of one of our many volunteers. For National Volunteer week 2017, we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine and Kit, two of our talented, committed volunteers.
8 May 2017Read more
Please join us in congratulating our client Wendy Bowman, who has been awarded the internationally prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.
By EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Elaine Johnson
24 April 2017Read more
Have you ever heard of Mahony’s Toadlet? Probably not, given that this little frog has only recently been discovered. We’ve just helped a residents’ group from Kangy Angy, on the NSW Central Coast, get an emergency listing for this rare frog on the NSW threatened species list.
23 March 2017Read more
Want to shape the laws that shape your neighbourhood? Get the lowdown on changes to NSW planning law
If you need help with your submission on the proposed changes to NSW planning laws, these EDO NSW resources can help.
By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley
8 March 2017Read more
EDO NSW's Jemilah Hallinan and Nari Sahukar talk about the proposed changes to NSW planning laws, which are open for public comment until the end of March 2017.
2 March 2017Read more
The Australian Information Commissioner has found in favour of our client, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, in an access to information decision about the fishing super trawler, the Geelong Star.
25 January 2017Read more