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Rocky Hill decision cited at IPC meeting on Dartbrook mine 

In a submission on behalf of Friends of the Upper Hunter urging the Independent Planning Commission to refuse a modification application in relation to the shuttered Dartbrook mine at Aberdeen in the Upper Hunter valley, EDO NSW has argued there were many parallels to Gloucester's fight against the Rocky Hill mine project.

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Forum: Disaster in the Murray-Darling Basin

Dr Emma Carmody, Senior Solicitor at the EDO with particular expertise in water law, will be among the expert panellists at a Thursday 9 May forum on the crisis unfolding in the Murray-Darling Basin. 

Disaster in the Murray Darling Basin: explanations and consequences examines the origins of the challenges facing the Basin and the state of the rivers, the legal frameworks and socio-economic ramifications.

Emma will speak on 'When nature revolts: advocating for an environmental rule of law in the Murray-Darling Basin'.

Other speakers include Professor Richard Kingsford on fixing the state of ecosystems in the Basin and Professor Sarah Wheeler asking what the facts are about the impacts of water recovery on rural communities in the Basin.

The event is presented by Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL) and the Sydney Environment Institute and chaired by Professor Rosemary Lyster, Professor of Climate and Environmental Law and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, University of Sydney Law School.

The event runs from 6.30-8pm on Thursday 9 May at the Old Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney.

It is a complimentary event, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement on 02 9351 0429 or

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LSJ: A Rocky Hill climate change case note

The April 2019 edition of LSJ (Law Society Journal) carries a legal update on the climate change grounds in the Rocky Hill judgment. 

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Women of the Murray-Darling Basin in the Weekly

Water law expert Emma Carmody is among the women who feature in this week's Australian Women's Weekly investigation of the environmental crisis facing the Murray-Darling Basin.

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Rocky Hill: Wrong place, wrong time

Matt Floro, EDO NSW Solicitor with carriage of the Rocky Hill case on behalf of Groundswell Gloucester, and our legal researcher Jasper Brown have published a case note in AUSPUBLAW.

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Historic defeat for bauxite mine in Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands Environment Advisory Committee (EAC) has revoked a development consent for a bauxite mine on Wagina island, in a ground-breaking decision following the first-ever merits appeal hearing in Solomon Islands.  

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Wallarah2 legal challenge unsuccessful

The legal challenge to the approval of the Wallarah2 coal mine on the Central Coast on behalf of Australian Coal Alliance has been dismissed.

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20 years of the EPBC Act - NELA symposium

Our Director of Policy and Law Reform Rachel Walmsley will be among the expert speakers at a symposium in Canberra on 29 March 2019 held by the National Environmental Law Association (NELA) and ANU College of Law to canvass key priorities for the review of our national environmental laws. 

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Ripples: Kath McBride of Tolarno Station

Katharine McBride by the Darling River in the far west of NSW: 'the EDO helps us get the story out about river degradation'.

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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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