Job alert – EDO Tasmania is seeking a Principal Lawyer

The Environmental Defenders Office Tasmania is seeking a Principal Lawyer to manage a dynamic community legal practice specialising in public interest environmental and planning law. The Principal Lawyer will apply their legal skills and enthusiasm to help the community to protect Tasmania’s biodiversity, natural places and cultural heritage.

Based in Hobart, the Principal Lawyer is the public face of EDO Tasmania and should have outstanding knowledge and experience in Australian and / or Tasmanian environmental and planning law.

In addition to exciting casework, the Principal Lawyer is responsible for proactive and reactive law reform work, community education and strategic planning. The Principal Lawyer also manages a small staff, volunteers and interns, liaises with other EDOs, and reports to a committee of management.

To read the full position description and selection criteria, click here.

If you’d like to apply, please send your CV together with a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to:

Jess Feehely, Principal Lawyer
Environmental Defenders Office (Tasmania)
By email: jess.feehely [at]

Applications close at 2pm, on Monday 20 August 2018.

For more information, please contact Jess Feehely on jess.feehely [at] or (03) 6223 2770.

Point to Pinnacle regos open – join Team EDO!


Registrations are now open for Point to Pinnacle 2018.  If you want to use your efforts slogging up kunanyi / Mt Wellington to raise funds for EDO Tasmania, join our team!

Team members get a team shirt, training support and team events, and the knowledge that your efforts help us to keep fighting for Tasmania’s environment.

To join the team (whether running, walking or doing the Point to Pub), register at Point to Pinnacle and select “EDO Tasmania” when it asks whether you’re in a team.  We’ll get in touch to let you know more about the team support and activities.

EDO Bulletin 11/2018

FreycinetUpdates on the Macquarie Harbour restocking, a framework for a Tasmanian container deposit scheme, an appeal against the “manifestly inadequate” sentence for penguin deaths, your last chance to comment on the Freycinet Master Plan, plus heaps of great events and opportunities to have your say.

The latest EDO Tasmania Bulletin has something for everyone!

Federal Court dismisses Macquarie Harbour challenge

On 6 July 2018, the Federal Court dismissed Huon Aquaculture’s application for a declaration that the Commonwealth Minister’s decision authorising the expansion of salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour was invalid.

The Court did not decide on the merits of Huon’s claim.  Instead, the Court considered a range of factors to decide whether, even if Huon was correct, it should exercise its discretion to invalidate the Minister’s decision.  Despite accepting that Huon had genuine concerns regarding the impacts of declining dissolved oxygen levels, and finding it was “more likely than not” that a Minister reconsidering the expansion today would find that it was a controlled action, the Court held:

Even on [the assumption that Huon succeeded in establishing its grounds], the cumulative weight of the factors… in favour of refusing relief, in the specific facts of this case, significantly outweigh the reasons to the contrary. They collectively justify the Court exercising its discretion to refuse Huon the relief it seeks.

To read more, go to EDO’s blog.  To read the whole judgment, click here.

For an updated timeline of events in Macquarie Harbour, click here.

EDO Bulletin 10/2018

Picture1Cable car hurdles, gloomy octopuses, an ASC review of the Okehampton leases, your last chance to have a say on new environmental regulations for salmon, and what we promise is our very last pitch for your EOFY cash.

All that and more in the latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin.

EDO Bulletin 9/2018

EOFY pictureBudget funding for rangers, Landcarers and weed officers, leaked UN climate report, pumped hydro and the draft Freycinet Master Plan.  Get all the latest environmental and planning news with the EDO Tas Bulletin.

And don’t forget, a tax-deductible gift to EDO Tas this end of financial year will help us to stand up against inappropriate development in our national parks and reserves.

Valuing kunanyi: approaches to valuing nature

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Thank you to everyone who attended “Valuing kunanyi” last week.  The presentations from the event are available below:

The full audio recording is available here (the event starts with two songs sung in palawa kani, and an introduction from EDO Tasmania – the presentations begin at 10.30 min)

For a range of articles, papers and case law on these issues, visit our Valuing Nature page.

New biomass limits set for Mac Harbour

8250460-3x2-940x627The EPA has set the 2018-2020 biomass limit for salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour at 9,500t.

In setting the new limit, the EPA acknowledged that the health of Macquarie Harbour is continuing to decline. The EPA Director also confirmed today that 1.35 million salmon had died over summer due to the outbreak of disease in the Harbour.

While the new biomass limit represents a 20% reduction from the previous limit of 12,000t, Huon Aquaculture has previously noted that a limit of 9,000t would simply reflect the number of fish left in the Harbour following the summer mortality events.

To read the EPA Director’s statement of reasons for the biomass decision, click here.

To read a timeline of the events leading up to the latest biomass decision, click here.

Helicopters, huts and having your say


A range of development proposals are being considered in Tasmania’s national parks – mountain bike and horse-riding trails, helicopter tours, fly-in accommodation, commercial huts and more.

Join EDO Tasmania for a free information session about development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area:

  • how will the assessment process work?
  • who makes the decisions?
  • what criteria will apply?
  • how can you get involved and have your say?

For details, go to the event page.