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A visitor from Solomon Islands

William Kadi, Senior Legal Officer with the Landowners Advocacy and Legal Support Unit of the Solomon Islands Public Solicitors Office, is spending two weeks working in the EDO NSW office.

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Implementation of the NSW land clearing laws

Part 2: Clearing in urban areas and E zones

It’s been almost two years since the NSW Government introduced a new scheme for regulating land clearing and biodiversity in NSW. This EDO NSW series looks at how these laws are being implemented and the regulatory gaps that are putting our wildlife and healthy sustainable landscapes at risk.

Our first update looked at clearing in rural areas and outlined the fundamentally important parts of the scheme that are still missing even while tree clearing has continued apace under self-assessed codes. This second update looks at elements of the new scheme that are missing or lack clarity for tree clearing in urban areas and e-zones. Part 3 looks at compliance and enforcement.

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Empower people and places under threat

We are part of an international movement using the law to protect wildlife, people and our planet.
More than ever, communities and creatures across Australia urgently need our help, and we need you to help provide access to justice and advance the law.

Exactly one year ago, I wrote to our supporters about the climate litigation cases we were preparing to go to Court, representing community groups as they defended their land, water, farms, heritage, towns and wild places against coal mining projects that would not only have serious social, cultural and environmental impacts locally, but also contribute to dangerous climate change.

One year on, sustained by dedicated people like you, we’ve won some major battles. The ground-breaking judgment in the case of Gloucester Resources Ltd v Minister for Planning & Groundswell Gloucester set a new standard in Australian environmental and planning law, and put us on the map in terms of international climate litigation.

This judgment has been covered by international media, reported on and analysed by dozens of law firms and mentioned in the board rooms of Australia’s leading financial institutions.

But the fight is far from over. As last year’s UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, and this month’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Report on global species extinction illustrate in terrible detail, we need to do much more to avoid the destruction of our shared home.

There is much more we need to do, and little time to do it. You can help by making a gift today. 

Across NSW, Australia and the South Pacific, communities like Gloucester face threats to their homes and livelihoods, their cultural and architectural heritage, social and emotional wellbeing, landscapes and wildlife. You can give them access to justice and a chance to stand up to powerful forces threatening everything they – and we – hold dear.

We need to raise $100,000 by June 30 in order to provide the core support our expert litigation, education and law reform teams need to underpin this work. Your generosity will help empower people and communities under threat.

Now’s absolutely the time to act – the Rocky Hill judgment shows that the law can work to protect us, as long as it’s applied in a way that gives the necessary weight to the health of humans, animals, plants and our shared home.

Thank you for your commitment to stand with us to protect the environment and advance the law,

Yours truly,

David Morris
CEO - Solicitor


A message from Julie Lyford, chair of Groundswell Gloucester:

The community of Gloucester and most importantly the affected residents are absolutely delighted that they can now get on with their lives. The uncertainty and anxious waiting is over.

The decade-long fight to protect our homes, families and the beautiful Gloucester valley has been arduous and distressing. The community can now move forward with progressive and sustainable industry.

Indeed, since the news in early 2016 regarding AGL not proceeding with their 330-well gas field, then the refusal of the Rocky Hill coal mine, house prices have risen and housing stock as well as new builds are in hot demand. Tourism this Easter weekend was very strong. Service industries and light industrial business continue to grow. Gloucester has always been a desirable destination to visit, live and grow the economy.

With climate change threatening the planet, we owe it to this and future generations to step away from fossil fuel, embrace renewables and work towards just transitions.

EDO NSW has been the backbone of all environmental community campaigns.

Everyone: support the Environmental Defenders Office!

Implementation of the NSW land clearing laws

Part 1: The missing pieces

It’s been almost two years since the NSW Government introduced a new scheme for regulating land clearing and biodiversity in NSW. While the business of tree clearing has continued apace under self-assessed codes, fundamentally important parts of the scheme are still missing. This EDO NSW series of legal updates looks at how the laws are being implemented and the regulatory gaps that are putting our wildlife and healthy sustainable landscapes at risk. This first update looks at the missing pieces.

Read Part 2 here: Clearing in urban areas and Ezones

Part 3: Compliance and enforcement

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EDO Australia - CEO Position


EDO Australia - CEO Position

We are currently seeking applications for the new position of CEO of EDO Australia.  For more information about the role and to apply please click the link below.

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Peers confirm EDO lawyers are top of class

EDO NSW’s lawyers have been recognised amongst the nation’s best in the recently released Best Lawyers guide of 2020.

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Australian-based developer appeals historic decision against Solomon Islands bauxite mine

May 2019: The first and ground-breaking decision by the Solomon Islands Environment Advisory Committee (EAC) refusing development consent for a bauxite mine on Wagina Island has been appealed by the developer, Solomon Bauxite Limited (SBL).

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Large-scale Corowa ‘eco-tourism’ proposal rejected

The Western Regional Planning Panel (WRPP) has rejected a proposal to develop a 600-person ‘eco-tourism’ facility on rural land on the banks of an anabranch of the Murray River near Corowa.

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Diverse Women in Law

EDO NSW paralegal Cecilia Fonseca has become a founding member of Diverse Women in Law (DWL), a Sydney-based group that aims to work directly with women from diverse backgrounds in the legal sector.

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No more lethal shark control for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

An important legal challenge run by EDO NSW, on behalf of the Humane Society International Australia (HSI), to the use of lethal shark drumlines within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been successful, with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal finding that the Shark Control Program within the Marine Park must avoid the lethal take of shark species.

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