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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.Read more
An article by Kerry Brewster in the Guardian this week reports on a significant fraud investigation by Queensland's Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) into subsidies granted to a landholder under the Healthy Headwaters Water Use Efficiency Program.
In our EDOs of Australia submission to the Productivity Commission dated 31 October 2017, we raised serious concerns about the lack of transparency surrounding on-farm irrigation efficiency programs - as well as inadequate auditing and monitoring of individual projects funded through these programs.Read more
Andrew Thomas has filed an international report for Al Jazeera on concerns that the expansion of Springvale coal mine could pollute the rivers which supply water to Sydney.
Watch the report below.Read more
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'The Town that Said No to AGL' by our client John Watts of Gloucester was launched at State Parliament House on Wednesday night.Read more
By Nari Sahukar, Rachel Walmsley and William Field-Papuga
27 March 2018
EDO NSW welcomes the release of the Draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill and the opportunity it holds for Aboriginal governance and heritage management. Our key concerns with the Draft Bill relate to ministerial discretion, effective resourcing, major project exemptions and inequitable appeal rights. We continue to consult closely with Aboriginal people on the Draft Bill and reform proposals.
Update: EDO NSW submission on the draft Bill now available here. Comments close 20 April 2018.
Whale caves near Wollongong. Photo Mark Holden.Read more
Today the NSW Land & Environment Court ordered that “on and from 24 August 2017, the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2017 has been invalid and of no effect.” This extraordinary order stems from a legal error made by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries, but belies a profound problem with the new biodiversity and land clearing laws and management system in NSWRead more
10 March 2018
The decision by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries to immediately remake the Land Management Native Vegetation Code without amendment (following yesterday's Court order declaring it invalid) is very disappointing.Read more
The NSW Land & Environment Court has made an order declaring that “on and from 24 August 2017, the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2017 has been invalid and of no effect.”Read more