Media releases EDO NSW

Media Releases


For media enquiries please contact David Morris on (02) 9262 6989 or david.morris@edonsw.org.au

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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EDOs to provide legal support on Ranger Uranium Mine Closure Plan

The Environmental Defenders Offices in both NSW and the Northern Territory have been engaged by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Environment Centre Northern Territory to provide legal expertise and advice on the closure planning process for Ranger Uranium Mine near Jabiru in the Northern Territory.

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FOI win reveals NSW offsets policy fails to meet national environmental standards – but was accredited anyway

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO NSW), representing Humane Society International Australia (HSI), has successfully argued the public has a right to know that the Australian Government decided to accredit the NSW landclearing offsets policy despite concerns it failed to meet national environmental standards.

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Community group gets say in Court review of Gloucester coal mine

Monday 23 April 2018 

The Land and Environment Court has agreed to our client, community group Groundswell Gloucester, participating in legal proceedings which will determine the fate of the Rocky Hill Coal project, a greenfield open cut coal mine at Gloucester.

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Climate change factors key in legal challenge to approval of Wallarah2 longwall coal mine

16 April 2018                                         

In an Australian first, the NSW Land and Environment court will hear arguments about the consideration of the Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principle of intergenerational equity in the context of climate change.  EDO NSW, on behalf of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), filed proceedings today challenging the validity of the January 2018 Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approval of the Wallarah 2 longwall coal mine on the Central Coast.

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