Legal Guides - EDO NSW

Legal Guides

We seek to empower the community to participate in environmental decisions and to build capacity to use the law to protect the environment.

We produce plain English educational materials in a range of formats, explaining environmental law and policy and how the community can have their say in decision-making processes. All our publications are available free to the community.

Mining Law in NSW: A Guide for the Community

A plain-English guide to the law on mining in NSW. The publication is aimed at mining and CSG affected communities and offers landholders a step-by-step legal guide to dealing with mining companies and understanding their rights and obligations under the law.

EDO NSW has prepared this guide in consultation with the NSW community and key government departments. The first edition of this guide was produced with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust. It is our hope that that the guide will help the people of NSW understand their rights and obligations with regards to CSG developments and assist them to use the law to the fullest extent possible to protect their interests and those of the environment.
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Caring for Country: A Guide to Environmental Law for Aboriginal Communities in NSW, 2nd Edition

This guide aims to assist Aboriginal people to understand their legal rights and obligations under environmental and natural resource management law.

It is written specifically for Aboriginal communities living in NSW, recognising that environmental issues don’t affect everyone in the same way.

The guide may be useful for people from other states but many of the laws referred to are NSW laws and the law may differ in other states.

It is hoped that this guide will help you to better understand the many complicated laws relating to country, culture and heritage so that you will be in a better position to protect your rights and the environment.

Read about our Aboriginal Engagement Program.

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Caring for the Coast: A Guide to Environmental Law for Coastal Communities in NSW, 2nd Edition

This booklet aims to help you understand your legal rights and obligations as a member of a coastal community and assist you in being an informed and active participant in planning and environmental decisions. It was produced with the financial support of the Commonwealth Government through its Caring for Our Country initiative.

Since this booklet was published, the NSW Government has amended the NSW Coastal Protection Act 1979. The amendments created the NSW Coastal Panel and regulations relating to the types of works that can be undertaken to protect property from inundation and coastal erosion (such as temporary or long term protection works). The new provisions are outlined in EDO NSW's Fact Sheet on coastal protection.

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Getting the Drift: A community guide to pesticide use in the NSW Northern Rivers, 2nd Edition

Want to know which pesticides could be sprayed near where you live and what you can do about it?

If you live in the NSW Northern Rivers, this booklet will help.
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