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US environmental lawyer Lisa Garcia at the EDO

We were very pleased to welcome US environmental lawyer Lisa Garcia to a series of discussions in our office this week.

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Making history in the Solomon Islands

EDO NSW supported the Landowners Advocacy and Legal Support Unit (LALSU) within the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) in the Solomon Islands in making history last week. LALSU represented residents of Wagina Island in the first ever hearing of the Environment Advisory Committee (EAC), a tribunal convened to look at the merits of a development consent for a bauxite mine on the island.

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Managing our scarce water resources - law journal article

Our water law expert Dr Emma Carmody has written an article in the December 2018 issue of LSJ, the Law Society Journal, looking at recent developments in the Murray-Darling Basin. 

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Water licence accounts released in FOI win

After a two-year freedom of information battle, Environmental Defenders Office NSW has finally obtained documents relating to a major Barwon-Darling Basin irrigator’s water licence accounts.

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Chair Jane Mathews honoured in mosaic

The Chair of the EDO NSW Board, Jane Mathews AO, who was the first woman appointed as a judge in NSW, was among women trailblazers honoured at a recent NSW Law Society gala dinner.

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Visiting logging sites in PNG

An EDO NSW and Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) team, including solicitor Peter Bellach and barrister Dr Chris McGrath, visited the island of New Hanover in northeastern Papua New Guinea in late November 2018 to view logging sites.

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Emma Carmody in climate and water law podcast

Dr Emma Carmody, expert in governance for the Murray-Darling Basin and legal advisor for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, speaks in a new edition of the ClimateReady podcast about multiple scales of water law in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin.

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A visit to our PNG partners

Papua New Guinea is, by a number of measures, one of the most significant countries in the South Pacific. For this reason, since its inception our International Program has had a strong focus there. David Morris, CEO of EDO NSW, made his first visit to PNG last week – in the wake of the APEC summit.      

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Outreach presentation to Indonesian MPs

Jemilah Hallinan, our Outreach Director, gave a presentation on environmental law to a visiting delegation of Indonesian MPs this week.

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Minister concedes unlawful decision on land clearing in Reef catchment

27 November 2018: In a case demonstrating the critical role community organisations play in holding elected officials to account,  the Federal Court has upheld a challenge by the Environment Council of Central Queensland (ECOCeQ) – represented by EDO NSW – to a proposal to clear 2,100 ha of native vegetation on Kingvale Station on the Cape York Peninsula in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

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