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Coal mine on Liverpool plains challenged over impact on Koalas

A local community group has launched a legal challenge in the NSW Land and Environment Court to the approval of mining company, Shenhua’s open cut coal mine on the Liverpool Plains in north-western NSW, which is one of Australia’s most productive farming areas.

4 May 2015

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AG leaves EDOs out of Restoration of Funding to Community Legal Centres

Community groups wanting to protect the environment may be unable to access legal advice after the Federal Government refused to restore funding to Environmental Defender’s Offices around Australia.

27 March 2015

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PAC says coal mine can be approved despite court rejections

The NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) today said Rio Tinto’s proposed Warkworth open cut coal mine expansion in the Hunter Valley could be approved despite the project being twice rejected by the courts.

5 March 2015

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Legal action to save habitat of bird facing extinction back in court

A Hunter Valley community group’s legal challenge to save the forest habitat of a bird species on the brink of extinction,  goes back to the Land and Environment court today for a four-day hearing.

 3 February 2015

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Serious Errors in Air Pollution Estimates of Coal Mine

Rio Tinto’s air pollution study of its proposed Warkworth coal mine expansion near the Hunter Valley village of Bulga has serious errors which put in doubt whether the project will comply with NSW air quality standards, according to an expert scientific assessment.

18 December 2014

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PAC Review Supports Approval of T4 Coal Terminal at Newcastle

The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) today supported the approval of the proposal to build a fourth coal terminal on Kooragang Island (T4 Project) near Newcastle despite health concerns by local residents.

16 December 2014

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Commission Recommends Restoration of EDO Funding

The Productivity Commission recommended the Federal Government reverse last year’s decision to remove all funding to the Environmental Defenders Offices (EDOs), a national network of community legal centres specialising in public interest environmental law.

3 December 2014

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Donation to EDO NSW bolsters legal defence for communities

Local communities defending themselves against environmentally damaging development will benefit from a $500,000 donation made to the environmental legal centre, EDO NSW, executive director Jeff Smith said today.

6 Nov 2014

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Community group in court to save critically endangered bird

A Hunter Valley community group’s legal challenge to save the forest habitat of a bird species on the brink of extinction from clearing for an industrial development, is set to commence in the Land and Environment court today.

29 October 2014 

Update Oct 30: A third hearing date in the case has been set for 3-6 Feb 2015.

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Miner stopped from clearing forest during breeding season

Legal action by a local community group against a new coal mine has led to the NSW government preventing forest clearing during spring when threatened animals are breeding and winter when they are hibernating.

23 October 2014

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