EDO Bulletin 19/2015

EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsCheck out our latest Bulletin for information on fish farms, diesel spills, planning changes, summer internships, EDO cases and events, events, events.  To subscribe to receive this fortnightly Bulletin, click here.

Summer internships with EDO Tasmania

The Devil Lawyer_300114-1 copyInterested in environmental law?  Applications are now open for our 2015-2016 summer internships, available at three times:

  • 7 – 18 December 2015
  • 11 – 22 January 2016
  • 1 – 12 February 2016

Internships are a great opportunity to gain practical experience, use your research skills and learn more about Tasmania’s planning and environmental laws. We encourage law, planning or policy students (especially if you’re in your final year) to apply.

Applications close on 13 November 2015. For more information, download the application kit or contact Jess Feehely on jess.feehely@edotas.org.au.

LUPA Act amendments

D Harding9_smallThe amendments to the Land Use Planning and Approval Act to facilitate a “single statewide planning” will be introduced into Parliament tomorrow. EDO Tasmania has expressed concerns about the amendments, in particular the amount of power the Minister will hold under the proposed system. You can read EDO’s submission about the amendments here.

Support the EDO’s Point to Pinnacle Team

EDO_PtP_Devil_Square_really smallOn 15 November, a  dozen keen walkers and runners will be embarking on the 21.5km half marathon from Wrest Point on the River Derwent, to the summit of Mt Wellington for the EDO. 

Sponsor our team!  Money raised will help EDO Tas in our ongoing funding marathon, so we can keep protecting precious places, using the law.

Our thanks to team sponsor, Find Your Feet.

EDO Bulletin 18/2015

EDO Tas Logo - no wordsPull out your diaries. There are some great upcoming events in the current EDO bulletin. Plus opportunities to have your say on interim planning schemes, NRM strategies and more.

First Dog on the Moon in Hobart for EDO Tasmania

SatiristNationaltreasureMoi2_smallFor one night only the Guardian’s much-loved and highly-acclaimed cartoonist, First Dog on the Moon, will scamper about in an adorable theatre show, with proceeds going to EDO Tasmania!  There’ll be a bonus musical introduction from the Alpine Quartet and a Q&A session with our favourite Walkley Award-winning marsupial based cartoonist.  Book now!
When: 7 November, 2015, 8pm
Where: Theatre Royal, Campbell Street, Hobart

Macquarie Harbour Environmental and Fish Health Review

?????????????????????????????????As revealed in leaked documents earlier in the year, a range of environmental health issues were identified in Macquarie Harbour in 2014, including:

  • declining dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in the bottom waters
  • increased abundance and distribution of opportunistic polychaetes

In response to concerns raised by some of the salmon farming operators regarding the impacts on fish health and productivity, DPIPWE commissioned the Cawthron Institute to assess available data and make recommendations regarding ongoing monitoring and research.

The Cawthron report was submitted on 25 August 2015 (after the release of the final report of the Senate Inquiry into the Regulation of Fish-Farming). Key recommendations include:

  • The benthic monitoring programme should be reviewed following completion of ongoing research programmes and consider at least validated biological response indicators, routine sampling of water quality variables, joint sampling sites and control site monitoring throughout industry expansion.
  • DPIPWE should produce a synthesis of Macquarie Harbour monitoring results and related data to provide a strong basis for revising the monitoring programme and improving understanding of farm-scale and harbour-wide changes.
  • Priority should be given to targeted research on pelagic processing of waste
  • Efforts should be made to estimate the water quality impacts of aquaculture in isolation from other nutrient sources.

You can read the full report and background material here.

On 15 September 2015, DPIPWE released its response to the report, outlining current research work and practice changes recommended by the Working Group.

Not a cracker

Helen Barnard YTBC_smExclusion from the Tasmanian Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund this week was another tough blow to EDO Tas, on top of the termination of our Federal funding.

It’s a bit cliché but, as Nietzsche said, “that which does not kill us, makes us stronger”.

We won’t be killed, but right now, our strength relies on our community and we need your support. Please become a monthly donor. Your commitment to our cause will enable EDO Tas to confidently plan for the future.

For more information see http://eepurl.com/bxdrFz

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo by Helen Barnard, see http://www.thelittlewren.com/

Environment misses out in Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund – Media Release

EDO’s Acting Principal Lawyer, Adam Beeson, expressed disappointment at the rejection of EDO’s application for funding from the Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund (SGF), decided today by Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin.    EDO had sought funding over two years to employ staff to deliver its core services.

“Almost all community legal centres across the state have received some support, which we welcome” Mr Beeson said “but regrettably, EDO’s application was rejected in its entirety.”

“EDO Tasmania is the only community legal centre with expertise in planning and environmental law.  We facilitate public participation – a cornerstone of the resource management and planning system. No other organisation provides this service.”

“Our expert team provides Tasmanians from across the State with advice about rights, obligations and options.   We apply our knowledge and practical experience in constructive ways to improve environment and planning law.” Mr Beeson said.

The announcement follows the termination of Federal Government funding to EDO Tasmania twelve months ago.  EDO discovered the news regarding the SGF due to an inquiry from a journalist.  The Attorney-General has not notified us of this decision.

“It is regrettable the Hodgman government has followed the Abbott government’s lead in failing to support EDO.   This is despite the Productivity Commission’s 2014 recommendation that the legal assistance sector receive funding for ‘strategic advocacy, law reform and public interest litigation including in relation to environmental matters’”.

“The Attorney’s decision is regrettable however EDO will continue to operate.  Without assistance though the Solicitors Guarantee Fund, our capacity to deliver services will become even more reliant on public donations” Mr Beeson said.

Media comments: Adam Beeson 6223 2770