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The other Rocky Hill grounds

The ground-breaking climate change aspects of last Friday’s Land and Environment Court merits appeal decision on the Rocky Hill Coal Project continue to be the deserved subject of media attention. However, the Court also upheld the original refusal of the mine on a number of other important environmental, social, economic, and cultural grounds finding that the mine project would “severely impact on people’s sense of place”. It’s worth taking a closer look at these grounds.

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Hearing on lethal shark drumlines

Our legal challenge to the use of lethal shark drumlines within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on behalf of Humane Society International (HSI) commenced in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Brisbane on Wednesday.

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Video: A case for sharks

David Morris of EDO NSW and Nicola Beynon of HSI Australia discuss our legal challenge to the permit granted by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to install 173 lethal drumlines throughout the Park.

Thank you to HSI for the drumline footage in this film.

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Pacific plastics guide included at UN meeting

Regulating plastics in Pacific Island Countries: a guide for policymakers and legislative drafters, produced by EDO NSW with SPREP and EDO ACT, was included as an information document at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting in late 2018.

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Video: Uncle Badger Bates by the Barka river

Uncle Badger Bates, Traditional Owner of the Barkandji people, by the Barka/Darling river at Wilcannia, describes its meagre state as "shut-up water".

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River lore, water law - a short film on the Murray-Darling Basin

Our lawyers have worked tirelessly, alongside farmers, scientists, Aboriginal people and communities right along the river system to put forward solutions that work for the environment and people.

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NCAT decision on Shenhua coal documents

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has upheld a decision of the NSW Government to withhold key documents relating to the Shenhua Watermark Coal Mine on the Liverpool Plains, in administrative review proceedings run by EDO NSW on behalf of our client Lock the Gate.

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A visitor with 'PNG magic'

In December 2018, we were fortunate to host a visit from Mr Murray Maroroa, Chair of the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR), our principal partner in Papua New Guinea. 

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US environmental lawyer Lisa Garcia at the EDO

We were very pleased to welcome US environmental lawyer Lisa Garcia to a series of discussions in our office this week.

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Making history in Solomon Islands

EDO NSW supported the Landowners Advocacy and Legal Support Unit (LALSU) within the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) in Solomon Islands in making history last week. LALSU represented residents of Wagina Island in the first ever hearing of the Environment Advisory Committee (EAC), a tribunal convened to look at the merits of a development consent for a bauxite mine on the island.

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