EDO Insider – Protecting Sydney’s Drinking Water from Catchment - EDO NSW

EDO Insider – Protecting Sydney’s Drinking Water Catchment

In August 2017, the NSW Court of Appeal found in favour of 4nature in its landmark legal action to protect Sydney’s drinking water catchment from the impacts of Springvale coal mine. The case argued that the approval for an expansion of the mine was unlawful because the decision-maker could not be satisfied the development would have a ‘neutral or beneficial’ effect on water quality in the catchment. This was the first case to test laws passed in 2009 that were introduced to protect Sydney’s drinking water catchment.


The Nattai River, part of Sydney's drinking water catchment.

However, special legislation passed by the NSW Parliament in October 2017 has since retrospectively validated the approval of the mine, and will change the way that the ‘neutral or beneficial’ effect on water quality test is applied by decision-makers when considering applications to continue existing projects in the future.

Join members of the the legal team who ran the case, Barrister Nicholas Kelly and EDO NSW Senior Solicitor Rana Koroglu, to find out more about how this case was won, the precedent value of the judgment, and the effect of the special legislation.

Register now for this EDO Insider CPD Seminar and get the inside story on successful proceedings brought by EDO NSW client 4nature.

All funds raised from this seminar go towards our core work of helping the community to protect the environment through law. 


Ticket purchases are not tax deductible. You can claim CPD points for this and all of our professional development seminars.

A light lunch will be provided.

We are very grateful to our pro bono partner McCabes for hosting this seminar. 

December 01, 2017 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm
McCabes Lawyers
MLC Centre 19 Martin Place
Level 38
Sydney, NSW 2000
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Will you come?

$10.00 CPD Seminar