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Climate change factors key in legal challenge to approval of Wallarah2 longwall coal mine

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.

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Lack of transparency in irrigation efficiency programs

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.

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Video report: Concerns coal mine expansion to pollute Sydney drinking water

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.

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Lismore office closes

The EDO NSW Lismore office is closing this week.

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Emissions a factor in Dartbrook extension refusal

Posted by · August 16, 2019 10:11 AM

Response to IPC condition linking coal export to Paris Agreement

Posted by · August 13, 2019 12:17 PM

IPC considers linking coal export to Paris Agreement

Posted by · August 09, 2019 10:00 AM

The town that said No to AGL

'The Town that Said No to AGL' by our client John Watts of Gloucester was launched at State Parliament House on Wednesday night. 

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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage reforms: 6 Things You Need to Know

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.

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NSW land-clearing Code declared invalid

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 NSW

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Reintroduction of Code a missed opportunity

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. 

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Land-clearing Code declared invalid

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.”

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