Jarasius v The Forestry Commission of New South Wales

December 1989

In the late 1980s, EDO NSW acted for Wendy Jarasius, a local resident, challenging the Forestry Commission over the logging of old-growth eucalypt forests in the southern-eastern forests near Eden, described as “the main environmental dispute in NSW in the late 1980s”. Although logging was ultimately allowed, the legal ramifications from the case were vitally significant for conservation in NSW, spurring victories in the north and winning concessions from the Government over logging in forests and the assessment of environmental impacts of logging.

Judgment - Failure to examine and take into account possible environmental impacts from issuing timber licenses or logging.