Tarkine mining challenge succeeds

Nelson Bay 4Today the Supreme Court ruled that the Tarkine National Coalition (represented by EDO Tasmania) should succeed in their challenge to the EPA Director’s decision to permit above-ground storage of potentially acid-forming waste material at Nelson Bay River mine.

Justice Estcourt was satisfied that the change, which allowed up to 230,000m3 of waste to be stored in a pile up to 20m high, was a fundamental change and went beyond the power of the EPA Director.

You can find out more about the case here, or read the full judgment here.

Team Tarkine 2A huge thanks to our stellar legal team – barristers, Jeremy Gobbo QC and Juliet Forsyth, EDO’s Adam Beeson and our volunteers, Frances Spry and Rafael Szumer – and to Scott Jordan of Save the Tarkine.

Media coverage:  The ExaminerABC News and The Mercury


EDO Tas Logo - no wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about fracking, the supertrawler, climate negotiations and the Tarkine appeal in the Supreme Court next week!  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Have your say on fracking in Tasmania

1383376_881806505163763_2941318046052828806_nTODAY is the last day submissions on the State governments Review of hydraulic fracturing in Tasmania can be made. Read EDO Tasmania’s submission here.

EDO Tasmania’s experience with communities affected by proposed unconventional gas activities suggests the current laws and policies that regulate exploration and production are in need of significant reform. Generally speaking, the legal framework does NOT:

  • Adequately protect the environment and achieve sustainable development, therefore improvements in the environmental impact assessment framework are necessary;
  • Provide for equitable community participation in land-use decisions or sufficient landowners’ rights regarding fracking; or
  • Provide for sufficient monitoring, enforcement or reporting requirements.

We do not believe that the current moratorium period allows enough time for an adequate assessment of the impacts of fracking (environmental, social & human health). We recommend that the moratorium remain in place until a comprehensive, independent review of shale gas activities in Tasmania has been completed and the outcomes of the review considered by government.

Christmas gifts

This Christmas, give someone you love the warm-fuzzy feeling of helping to protect the environment.  Perfect for lovers of bad puns, great art and sustainable futures.

Donate $10 or more on behalf of someone and we’ll send you one of four Tasmanian designed gift cards.  Donate over $30 to receive the full set.

Christmas cards







No Well, No Well:  Your gift will help EDO Tasmania assist communities to challenge inappropriate mining and exploration activities

Stocking density: Your gift will help EDO Tasmania work with the aquaculture industry to secure best practices on Tasmania’s marine farms.

Silent? Fight!: Your gift will help EDO Tasmania to fight against efforts to silence public participation in decisions affecting the environment

For Calling Birds: Your gift will help EDO Tasmania to protect threatened bird species, like Tasmania’s Forty spotted Pardalote.

Thanks to the amazingly talented artists who have donated their time for this project – Tom Samek, Chris ReesJennifer Skelly, Katherine Allen and Dianna Graf.

Is Tasmania winning the renewables race?

a394c0a3a0fc80df9c76ff986816ed9fA new Climate Council report, The Australian Renewable Energy Race:  Which States are Winning and Losing?, examines how all Australian jurisdictions are tracking in terms of renewable energy policies.  While Tasmania currently has the highest percentage of its overall energy produced from renewable sources (93%), we rank only 6th in terms of investment in renewables since 2001.  The report awards South Australia and the ACT as the winners, commending their significant efforts to embed renewable energy sources and set themselves up for a lower carbon future.

Read the full report here.


EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about planning amendments, Japanese whaling, marine farming and the new Coordinator-General!  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Planning amendments

The Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Streamlining of Process) Act 2014 was passed on 20 November. As the name suggests, the Act makes a number of significant amendments to LUPAA to ‘streamline’ approval processes, including changing the public hearing requirements for interim planning schemes and reducing the time planning authorities have to determine development applications. See EDO Tasmania’s fact sheet for more details.

EDO Bulletin 21 released

EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about festivals and fracking, cable cars and climate change, planning and protests.  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

New IPCC report: climate action needed NOW

ipcc-cover-1On 3 November 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Fifth Assessment synthesis report, compiling data from the range of expert reports released since the last convention in Copenhagen.  This will be the last IPCC report before the climate convention in Paris in 2015.

The report concludes, in the strongest terms yet, that global warming is “unequivocal” and the world needs to act quickly to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The report also notes that reductions can be achieved, relatively affordably, by focussing efforts on:

  • decarbonising energy systems
  • stopping burning coal
  • shifting investment from fossil fuels to clean energy.

The full IPCC report is available here, or you can read the summary for policy makers.  For a good review of the findings, read Giles Parkinson’s analysis.

Watch Professor Lesley Hughes, Climate Councillor and one of the report’s lead authors, discuss the report on 7:30

Fracking issues paper

1383376_881806505163763_2941318046052828806_nThe Tasmanian government is seeking public comments on the potential impacts of fracking on agriculture, groundwater and the broader environment and what changes are needed to current Tasmanian laws to improve protections for landowners and consultation with local communities.

Have your say by 5 DECEMBER 2014.

Read the Review of Fracking issues paper.

Find out about Tasmania’s current regulations in our Community Guide to Mining Law.

For more information about fracking, read the recent Australian Council of Learned Academies report.