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EDO steps in on Stockton coastal erosion

The Environmental Defenders Office has been engaged by a Stockton residents’ group to investigate if the state government has a duty to repair and protect their beach from severe erosion.

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Mangrove Mountain landfill in court

18 November 2019: The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) has welcomed the commencement of a hearing in the NSW Land and Environment Court concerning the alleged unauthorised expansion of a landfill site at Mangrove Mountain on the Central Coast.

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Emissions legislation ‘retrograde’ and ‘pure politics’

The New South Wales Government has introduced legislation to prevent the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from Australian coal burned overseas. The move came just days after the Government launched a review of the Independent Planning Commission, following a sustained advertising and lobbying campaign by the NSW Minerals Council.

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Rixs Creek coal mine extended in 24 hours for another 21 years

The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved Bloomfield Collieries’ proposed expansion of Rixs Creek South coal mine in the Hunter Valley. The announcement came just 24 hours after the deadline for public comments on the proposal. 

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EPLA conference 2019

The theme of this year’s EPLA conference is ‘Planning and Design’, to be held at the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Surry Hills on 24-25 October, 2019.

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NRAR: Alleged unlawful water take at Maules Creek

27 September 2019: The NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator has released preliminary findings alleging unlawful water capture is occurring at the Maules Creek Mine, a massive coal project situated in an agricultural region suffering through a devastating drought.

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Rainforest visitors

This week we've been hosting visitors from our partner organisations working to protect the rainforests of Papua New Guinea.

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EDO-facilitated legal volunteer in PNG

Our International Program is currently facilitating an environmental law mentor position with the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) in PNG.

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United Wambo coal mine expansion approved by IPC

3 September 2019: The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) last week approved a significant expansion of the United and Wambo collieries near Singleton. In granting the approval, the IPC imposed a condition which requires the mine owners to prepare an export management plan to ensure that coal is only exported to countries that are signatories to the Paris agreement, or to countries that have similar policies in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Vale Jane Mathews AO

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of the Hon. Jane Mathews AO, our Patron and former Chair.

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