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As you’ll notice, our ebulletin has a new look. It’s been designed to streamline all the different types of news and information we bring you each week, while wrapping it in a more visually appealing template.
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Water Amendment Bill 2018
The Water Amendment Bill 2018 was tabled in the Australian House of Representatives on 10 May, primarily to facilitate the re-tabling of the Basin Plan Amendment Instrument 2017. EDO NSW has prepared a briefing note and key issues summary.
Download the briefing note and summary >>
Senior Solicitor International Program

An opportunity to work on some of the biggest environmental issues facing our Pacific Island partners.

Applications close on 11 June 2018.

Find out more >>

Environmental Law in China

Our CEO David Morris was in China last week joining the International Advisory Board for Wuhan University Environmental Law.


In the next few months, our solicitors will argue in Court for the law to be used to protect two more communities from the potentially devastating impacts of coal mining. We urgently need your help to do it. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to defend communities on the frontline and meet the challenge of climate change using the law.
Recent EDO submissions and reports
Inquiry into the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water – EDOs of Australia submission
NSW Water Reform Action Plan – EDO NSW submission
Murray-Darling Basin Plan: 5 year assessment – EDOs of Australia submission
Draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 (NSW) – EDO NSW submission
Draft Revision of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy – EDOs of Australia submission
NSW Regional Forests Agreements (Renewal)  – EDO NSW submission
Ancillary rules for use of mine site ecological rehabilitation as an offset – EDO NSW submission
Improving Mine Rehabilitation in NSW – EDO NSW submission
NSW Regional Forests Agreements (Review) – EDO NSW submission

Sydney Water fined $15,000 for discharge 

The EPA has fined Sydney Water $15,000 after 4.8 million litres of treated effluent was discharged from Castle Hill Sewage Treatment Plant into Cattai Creek in June 2017. This discharge had a pH level low enough to be considered water pollution for the purposes of the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009. 



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Woolgoolga to Ballina Directional Signage  
The draft signage plan provides information about proposed locations for signs along the highway and which towns will appear on the signs. Submissions are open until 15 June 2018.
Read more and have your say >>
Inquiry into the Provisions of the Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW)
The NSW Parliament Standing Committee on State Development is inquiring into the provisions of the Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. Submissions are open until Wednesday 30 May.
Read more and have your say >>
Local Environmental Plan tracking (LEPs)
Hornsby: Amend Hornsby LEP to permit residential flats and increase the height for buildings on the Hornsby RSL Club site.
Marrickville: Amend Marrickville LEP to rezone sites in Mary, Edith and Roberts Streetss from R2 Low Density residential and IN2 Light Industrial to B4 mixed use.
Woollahra: Amend Woollahra LEP 2014 to rezone property at Old South Head Road, Vaucluse from R2 Low Density Residential to R3 Medium Density Residential and amend the development standards (67 dwellings).
Fairfield: Amend the Fairfield LEP 2013 to rezone land at 6 precincts in Fairfield, Fairfield Heights, Fairfield East and Villawood to increase residential density. The proposal also seeks to amend height of buildings, floor space ratio and land reservation acquisition maps.
Clarence Valley: Amend the provisions of Clarence Valley LEP 2011 that relate to Lots in Bridge Street, Glenreagh. The proposal intends to rezone the land from RU2 Rural Landscape to R2 Low Density Residential, apply a 9 metre maximum building height and remove the 40 hectare minimum lot size control.
Ku-ring-gai: Amend Ku-ring-gai LEP 2015 for removal of 4 ‘erroneous’ heritage items.
EPBC referrals
Storm Bay, Tas: Farm Atlantic Salmon at a new farming zone of approximately 863ha containing four leases of approximately 90ha each.
Kembla Grange, NSW: DA prepared for proposed development of Lot at Reddalls Road requiring removal of 3.82ha of vegetation.
Treeby, NSW: Lot 131Jandakot Road is proposed to be partially developed for residential purposes. The site is approximately 65ha.
Major Project proposals: Invitation to comment
Cranbook School, Bellevue Hill – Redevelopment of the northern half of the site and construction of additional educational floor space.
Pitt Town, Hawkesbury – Developer to make monetary contribution for purposes of provision of designated State public infrastructure.
The Rocks (Circular Quay) – Amendments to Campbells Store architectural drawings.
Darlington Point – Development of a 275 MW solar farm and ancillary infrastructure including 100MWh battery energy storage system.
Penrith Lakes – MOD 8: Importation of an additional 300,000 tonnes of Virgin Excavated Natural Material to the Penrith Lakes Scheme site.
Sydney University, Darlington – Alterations and additions to Darlington Road Terraces and Darlington House to provide a mix of university related.
Mulgrave – Modification of concept plan to enable completion of bale storage area, retention of a corridor of planted trees etc.
Fitzpatrick Industrial Estate, Erskine Park – Development contributions in connection with the Proposed Development

An afternoon with Centre for Air Pollution, Energy and Health Research - Sydney 13 June

Just Futures: National Community Legal Centres conference - Sydney 28-30 August

Narratives of Climate Change symposium - Newcastle 5-6 July
Professional Obligations in an Age of Climate Change panel discussion - Sydney 24 September
Volunteer Librarian /Archivist for Pacific Calling Partnership team of the Edmund Rice Centre. Submit a brief CV with covering letter by 15 June to Jill Finnane at jillf@erc.org.au
21st International River symposium - Sydney 14-18 October
LAWASIA conference - Cambodia 2-5 November
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