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Working in partnership to protect and promote culture and heritage: EDO NSW and the Dharriwaa Elders Group

By EDO NSW Solicitor Ross Mackay

5 July 2016

As we celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016, it is a good time for us to reflect on the work we do for our Aboriginal clients.

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Helping Maules Creek farmer Pat Murphy access justice

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

27 June 2016

You may have seen news reports about Pat Murphy, a farmer whose land is within 2km of the Maules Creek Open Cut Coal Mine near Boggabri in Northern NSW. Since Pat called our environmental advice line in September last year, we’ve been helping him understand his legal rights.

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The 2016 NSW biodiversity reforms: 6 things you need to know

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

9 June 2016

You may have heard that the NSW Government has proposed a legislative and policy package that removes many of NSW’s long-held environmental protections. If you are having trouble navigating the many reform documents, EDO NSW has identified six key issues you should know about.

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Housing, housing everywhere but not a DA in sight: the possible consequences of expanding complying development on sensitive coastal environments

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Solicitor Dr Emma Carmody

26 May 2016

Sometimes seemingly separate government reforms can interact in unforeseen ways. Two recent reforms proposed by the NSW Government are a case in point: the expansion of the General Housing Code and the coastal reform package. We need to make sure these reforms work together more effectively so as to minimise impacts on coastal wetlands and littoral (or coastal) rainforests.

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Warkworth coal mine expansion legal challenge withrawn

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

25 May 2016

Our client the Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association has withdrawn its appeal against Rio Tinto’s Warkworth coal mine expansion. The expansion was approved by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) in late 2015, and is very similar to the project that was refused by the Land and Environment Court in 2013. That refusal was upheld by the NSW Court of Appeal in 2014.

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Our top 10 concerns with the draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Bill

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

13 May 2016

The NSW Government’s proposed biodiversity legislative and policy package removes many of NSW’s long-held environmental protections, and represents a serious backward step for environmental law and policy in New South Wales. Here are EDO NSW's top 10 concerns with the draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Bill.

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Celebrating our amazing volunteers during International Volunteer Week

Our volunteers are the unsung heroes of our work. We rely greatly on their commitment.

10 May 2016

For International Volunteer Week 2016, we’d like to introduce you to three talented, dedicated and passionate young people who have volunteered their time and skills to help protect the environment. They are just three of the thousands of volunteers who have given their time to help us defend the environment and advance the law over our 31 year history.

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A serious backwards step for biodiversity laws

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

3 May 2016

The NSW Government’s proposed biodiversity legislative and policy package removes many of NSW’s long-held environmental protections, and represents a serious backward step for environmental law and policy in New South Wales.

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The ‘water trigger’ – an important first step, but there’s room for improvement

By Policy and Law Reform Solicitor Dr Emma Carmody

2 February 2016

The ‘water trigger’ has been a good addition to environmental laws in Australia. But there are ways it can be improved. EDOs of Australia has just made some recommendations regarding the scope and operation of this important regulatory mechanism.

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Defending the Pilliga in Court

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

21 January 2016

You may have heard that our client People for the Plains, a community group from the Pilliga, is taking CSG company Santos to court over its Leewood CSG waste water development near the iconic Pilliga woodlands. The group argues that without a proper environmental assessment and public consultation, the development is illegal.

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