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How can we make national environmental laws better?

How can we improve our national laws to make sure we are protecting the environment for the future? A panel of experts has released their vision for ‘next generation’ environmental laws.

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

4 May 2017, updated 15 September 2017

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Congratulations Wendy Bowman

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 2017

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A newly discovered frog gets some help from Kangy Angy and EDO NSW

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 2017

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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 2017

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Planning reform podcast: an expert view from EDO NSW

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 2017

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Community gains access to information on super trawler bycatch

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 2017

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NSW shark netting trials: an exception that should not become a rule

The NSW Government’s North Coast shark netting trials were approved under exceptional circumstances that bypassed the usual environmental assessment processes. It’s critical that no further exemptions to our national environmental laws are granted to allow the nets to remain without a proper environmental assessment.

By EDO NSW Solicitor Sarah Roebuck

Published 19 January 2017, updated 10 February 2017

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Defending the environment and advancing the law into 2017

It has been a busy and successful year for the EDO NSW team. Our litigation work is just one aspect of our work, but in 2016 we’ve taken on so many challenges, and we will no doubt take on many more in 2017.

By Sue Higginson, Chief Executive Officer, EDO NSW

19 December 2016

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The new biodiversity, land clearing and vegetation laws – what next?

One of the final acts of NSW Parliament in 2016 was to radically alter our long-standing environmental laws. The new laws take a backwards step in environmental protection in NSW. Now that these laws are passed, what’s next?

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

6 December 2016

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The sixth phase of the environmental defenders – and beyond

Reading Law of the Land, a book telling the story of 30 years of EDO NSW, I’m struck by the dedication and talent of the people and communities that have made this remarkable legal centre so successful. But I’m also aware that, just as the book is published, we’re already writing a completely new chapter in our story – a new ‘sixth phase’ that makes me excited for our future.

By Sue Higginson, Chief Executive Officer, EDO NSW

5 December 2016

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