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Appeal of Santos’ CSG water treatment facility near Narrabri begins

An appeal by community group People for the Plains, from North West NSW has begun in the NSW Court of Appeal. The appeal challenges an earlier court decision that gave Santos a green light to operate its 'Leewood' coal seam gas (CSG) wastewater treatment facility near Narrabri and the world-renowned Pilliga State Forest.

1 November 2016

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Recognising Aboriginal culture and heritage: our laws need improving

By EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Elaine Johnson

10 October 2016

Current laws in NSW take a very Euro-centric, materialistic approach to protecting Aboriginal culture and heritage. It’s an approach focussed on the protection of ‘stones and bones’ that fails to properly recognise the spiritual and cultural connections to Country. Yet Australia’s Aboriginal heritage is much greater than just physical, archaeological evidence – the law’s ‘materialistic’ view of Aboriginal history misses the unique culture and spirit that connects us to Australia’s past and continues to enrich our society today.

NSW heritage laws are in desperate need of reform.

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The Board of Directors provides strategic direction and governance to our organisation.

The Board is elected at the annual general meeting held each year. Board members all work on a voluntary basis to maintain the values, integrity, independence and professionalism of EDO NSW.

The Patron of EDO NSW is Hal Wootten AC QC


Members of the Board as at September 2018: Jeff Smith, Jane Wilder, Paul Brown, Jane Mathews, Kevin Rozzoli and Dr Bronwyn Darlington. 

Board members

Dr Bronwyn Darlington – Chair
CEO, Agscent Pty Ltd
Academic: Global Executive MBA, Sydney University Business School

The Hon. Kevin Rozzoli AM – Deputy Chair

Paul Brown – Honorary Treasurer 
Senior Lecturer, UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney

Jane Wilder – Secretary

Jeff Smith – Director

Catherine Hathaway – Director
Global Head of HR, Graincorp

Jan McDonald - Director
Professor of Environmental and Climate Law at the University of Tasmania


Community group appeals decision to allow CSG water treatment facility to operate near Narrabri

Community group People for the Plains has appealed the Land and Environment Court decision that gave Santos a green light to operate its 'Leewood' coal seam gas (CSG) wastewater treatment facility near Narrabri and the world-renowned Pilliga State Forest.

30 August 2016

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Managing water flows in the Murray-Darling Basin: a rebalance will benefit us all

By EDO NSW Policy and Law Reform Solicitor Dr Emma Carmody

29 August 2016

Between 2007 and 2016, the focus of laws and policies on the Murray-Darling Basin has shifted from restoring the health of the Basin to mitigating the socio-economic costs that may be linked to environmental water recovery. This refocus not only threatens the survival of the Basin’s water resources and water-dependent ecosystems, it ignores the link between sustainable water ‘take’ for human use and the long-term viability of Basin communities.

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How science helps us defend the environment through law

Have you heard about our Scientific Advisory Service? Ever wondered how the service works? As we mark National Science Week, here are two case studies showing how science and scientific expertise help us defend the environment through law.

15 August 2016

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Court gives green light to CSG water treatment facility near Narrabri

Today the Land and Environment Court gave a green light for Santos to operate its 'Leewood' coal seam gas (CSG) wastewater treatment facility near Narrabri and the world-renowned Pilliga State Forest in North-West NSW.

1 August 2016

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How can NSW better tackle greenhouse gas emissions?

In Paris last year, Australia pledged a target to reduce emissions by 2030. All levels of government in Australia need to pitch in if we are to meet our commitments. Several Australian states and territories have laws in place to make a start. NSW doesn’t. Now more than ever, NSW needs to plan for a responsible carbon future, and our planning system is key.

27 July 2016

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Working in partnership to protect and promote culture and heritage: EDO NSW and the Dharriwaa Elders Group

By EDO NSW Solicitor Ross Mackay

5 July 2016

As we celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016, it is a good time for us to reflect on the work we do for our Aboriginal clients.

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