EDO NSW Blog posts


Crackdown on rogue miners welcome, but more needed

By EDO NSW Outreach Director Jemilah Hallinan

22 May 2015

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment made two important and related announcements this week. The first related to the Department’s recommendation  that Rio Tinto’s controversial planned expansion of its Mount Thorley-Warkworth coal mine near Bulga in the Hunter Valley be approved by the Planning Assessment Commission, despite being previously rejected by two courts. The second related to the Department’s plans to crack down on coal mines caught doing the wrong thing.


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Court victory for Hunter farmers

By EDO NSW Solicitor Sarah Roebuck

7 May 2015

Fifth-generation farmer Wendy Bowman (pictured) and the residents of Camberwell have had a legal victory over an open cut coal mine project approved next door to their village in the Hunter Valley.

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It’s our 30th anniversary!

By EDO NSW Executive Director Jeff Smith

30 March 2015

It’s our anniversary, with 2015 marking 30 years of EDO NSW protecting the environment through law!

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NSW Minerals Council Gets it Wrong on Carmichael Coal Case

By EDO NSW Executive Director Jeff Smith

27 January 2015

As Australians prepared to head off for the long weekend, the NSW Minerals Council reignited its campaign against EDO NSW.

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EDO NSW: standing up for communities and the environment

By EDO NSW Outreach Director Jemilah Hallinan

17 December 2014

2014 began with major government funding cuts, later a landmark victory in the NSW Court of Appeal to stop a coal mine expansion by Rio Tinto, then a legal action which made coal seam gas company Santos hand over water testing data to farmers, another which stopped Whitehaven’s bulldozers from winter and spring clearing at Maules Creek and finally we received an amazing $500,000 donation.

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NSW Government strengthens planning laws

By EDO NSW Executive Director Jeff Smith and EDO NSW Volunteer Morgan Cowdery 

14 November 2014

This week, the NSW Government passed a raft of changes to planning law in NSW. These new laws modernise the approach to planning and development breaches in NSW, increasing maximum penalties and importing additional penalties, as well as introducing broad enforcement powers and providing a statutory foundation for ePlanning tools. The changes will commence shortly.



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Clearing code must be based on actual bushfire risk

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

14 November 2014

The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code is currently being reviewed, providing an opportunity for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to amend the code in response to community concern and evidence of unintended consequences of the code’s application.

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CSG Licence Cancellations Show Need for Regulatory Overhaul

By EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

16 October 2014

A company has lost its licences to explore for coal seam gas over prime rural land after a local farming group highlighted alleged breaches of the title holder’s licence conditions to the NSW Minister for Resources and Energy. It is the first time the current State Government has cancelled an existing coal seam gas licence for compliance breaches.

 CSG development in the Hunter Valley

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What will Australia's nature look like in 50 years’ time?

By EDO NSW Executive Director Jeff Smith

8 September 2014

By 2070, nature will be a very different beast in Australia. Our environment will be substantially and radically changed. In fact, scientists are telling us that, even under moderate climate change scenarios, our environment will be more ecologically different than it is the same.

The threatened leadbeater's possum (Courtesy of Zoos Vic)

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Federal government to wind back 30 years of legal protection for the environment

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley (First published by ABC Environment)

3 September 2014

 The Federal Government’s handover of environmental approval powers to the States for development projects will wind back 30 years of legal protection for the environment and put at risk Australia’s World Heritage Areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu and the Tasmanian forests.

Picture: World Heritage listed Upper Florentine forest, Tasmania, by Kip Nunn

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