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New report: Climate-ready planning laws for NSW

21 March 2019: Environmental Defenders Office NSW today publishes its comprehensive recommendations for climate-ready planning laws for NSW, including a new Climate Change Act, a Minister for Climate Change and a Climate Change Division within the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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Possible appeal of landmark climate judgment

EDO NSW on behalf of our client Groundswell Gloucester, has today received a Notice of Intention to Appeal the judgment in the Rocky Hill case, filed in the Court of Appeal by Gloucester Resources Limited.

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Landmark legal win for climate and community

Chief Justice of the Land and Environment Court Brian Preston SC handed down his judgment today in a landmark case, refusing approval of a new coal mine to be built just outside of the town of Gloucester in the NSW Upper Hunter Valley. This is the first time an Australian court has refused consent for a coal mine on the basis of its climate change impacts.

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Court challenge to lethal shark drumlines within Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

A legal challenge to the use of lethal shark drumlines within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park commences in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Brisbane on Wednesday 30 January 2019.

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Welcome commitment for new Environment Act for Australia

EDO NSW welcomes the commitment from the Australian Labor Party to enact a new National Environment Act and establish a new national Environment Protection Authority if elected in 2019.

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Water licence accounts released in FOI win

After a two-year freedom of information battle, Environmental Defenders Office NSW has finally obtained documents relating to a major Barwon-Darling Basin irrigator’s water licence accounts.

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Minister concedes unlawful decision on land clearing in Reef catchment

27 November 2018: In a case demonstrating the critical role community organisations play in holding elected officials to account,  the Federal Court has upheld a challenge by the Environment Council of Central Queensland (ECOCeQ) – represented by EDO NSW – to a proposal to clear 2,100 ha of native vegetation on Kingvale Station on the Cape York Peninsula in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

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Gloucester’s Rocky Hill coal mine 'climate change' hearing begins

A landmark hearing in Australian courts that starts today will hear expert evidence about why the Rocky Hill Coal Project must be rejected to ensure that the carbon budget required to meet the global Paris climate commitment to keep temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius is not exceeded.

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FOI documents underpin new legal challenge to land-clearing Code

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office NSW, has again commenced Court proceedings to challenge the validity of the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018, on the basis of documents received under freedom of information laws.

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NSW planning laws failing to create meaningful nexus between words and action on climate change

A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws.  The Court’s finding is that the State’s planning laws do not require decision-makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australia’s status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW. 

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