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Should all environmental charities have to plant trees?

You may have heard that environmental charities are for the first time being required to report how much they spend on ‘on-ground environmental remediation’. This is part of a controversial move to restrict charitable environmental groups to activities such as tree planting, despite current rules that recognise the benefit of education, advocacy and other community services. Remediation is important, but should all environmental charities have to plant trees? That’s the question now being asked as the Treasury consults on how tax-deductible public donations are treated.

By EDO NSW Senior Policy & Law Reform Solicitor Nari Sahukar

20 July 2017

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Solomon Islands gets its first protected area

In May 2017, the Solomon Islands Government declared its country’s first ever protected area, the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area in the Arnavon Islands. The Arnavon Islands is the biggest breeding ground for critically endangered hawksbill turtles in the South Pacific. EDO NSW is privileged to have been able to play a role in this historic development for environmental protection.

By EDO NSW International Programs Coordinator BJ Kim

6 July 2017 

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Join us in thanking our volunteers during Volunteer Week 2017

If you’ve ever called us for legal help or accessed our vast array of legal information, chances are you’ve used the services of one of our many volunteers. For National Volunteer week 2017, we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine and Kit, two of our talented, committed volunteers.

8 May 2017

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Analysis: the ever changing face of Barangaroo

The massive urban renewal project underway on public land at Barangaroo has had its fair share of controversy. It has been criticised for its ever-increasing bulk and scale, for being an abuse of the planning process, for representing bad value to the NSW public and has been the subject of two court cases, the most recent concerning the location of the Crown Sydney casino.

By EDO NSW Outreach Director - Community Programs, Jemilah Hallinan

27 March 2017

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A newly discovered frog gets some help from Kangy Angy and EDO NSW

Have you ever heard of Mahony’s Toadlet? Probably not, given that this little frog has only recently been discovered.  We’ve just helped a residents’ group from Kangy Angy, on the NSW Central Coast, get an emergency listing for this rare frog on the NSW threatened species list.

23 March 2017

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Koala Strategy for NSW

Koala Strategy of NSW - Submission by EDO NSW 

March 2017 - Download this submission.

This submission to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage addresses the following:

  1. NSW needs laws that will protect the koala and its habitat from major threats
  2. Examples where planning laws and biodiversity protections are failing
  3. New biodiversity and land clearing law
  4. Recent Submission on the Koala SEPP
  5. Review of threatened status and recovery plan: What is the risk of extinction? 

Link to this page.


Want to shape the laws that shape your neighbourhood? Get the lowdown on changes to NSW planning law

If you need help with your submission on the proposed changes to NSW planning laws, these EDO NSW resources can help.

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Director Rachel Walmsley

8  March 2017

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Protections for water too fluid?

The fluidity of legal protections for Sydney’s drinking water has been exposed by a proposal to modify a consent condition that limits the impact of Centennial Coal’s Springvale coal mine on water quality in Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

By EDO NSW Outreach Director - Community Programs, Jemilah Hallinan

22 February 2017

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Community gains access to information on super trawler bycatch

The Australian Information Commissioner has found in favour of our client, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, in an access to information decision about the fishing super trawler, the Geelong Star.

25 January 2017

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NSW shark netting trials: an exception that should not become a rule

The NSW Government’s North Coast shark netting trials were approved under exceptional circumstances that bypassed the usual environmental assessment processes. It’s critical that no further exemptions to our national environmental laws are granted to allow the nets to remain without a proper environmental assessment.

By EDO NSW Solicitor Sarah Roebuck

Published 19 January 2017, updated 10 February 2017

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