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
Wendy is a landowner whose family has lived and farmed in the Camberwell area in the Hunter Valley since the 1880s.
We have had the privilege of working with Wendy over many years in her fight to protect the Camberwell community and its precious water resources from the cumulative impacts of coal mining.
I first met Wendy in 2009 when she was engaged in a battle to save the Camberwell Common from being handed over to an international mining company.
Together with another Camberwell resident, Deidre Olofsson, Wendy has fought long and hard to protect and preserve this tiny village from being completely surrounded by open cut and underground coal mines.
I have seen how a strong sense of justice underlies all Wendy’s hard work ensuring that agricultural land, water, biodiversity and Aboriginal heritage remains intact for future generations to enjoy.
It takes a lot of courage to stand up and fight when your opponents are powerful and well-resourced. Wendy is a tireless and selfless advocate for her community and the environment, and her determination and grace under enormous pressure have inspired all of us at EDO NSW. We’re delighted her courage is being recognised internationally.
Awarded each year to six ‘heroes’ around the world, the Goldman Prize recognises significant achievements in protecting the environment and communities.
We invite you to help us celebrate Wendy’s recognition and inspire others to defend their environment through law – share Wendy’s amazing story online using the buttons below.
- Read more about the case in the Land and Environment Court that helped Wendy defend her local environment
- Read more about Wendy's award and watch an interview with her at the Goldman website
Watch an interview with Wendy on the Guardian, 24 April 2017
Hunter Valley woman Wendy Bowman, 83, awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 2017
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