EDO BULLETIN 25 RELEASED

EDO Tas Logo - no wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about draft TWWHA Management Plan, ATVs in the Tarkine and container deposit schemes!  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Draft TWWHA Management Plan released

Styx Valley - Rob BlakersThe draft revised management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been released and will be open for public comment from 19 January 2015 until 22 March 2015.  For an overview of views on the proposed changes, see media coverage below.

A copy of the draft management plan is available here.

Proposed changes to defamation laws

Kudelka LoraxIn the lead up to last year’s election, the Tasmanian Liberals committed to a raft of proposals to “crack down on illegal protestors“.  The Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act 2014 took effect on 17 December 2014 (see our fact sheet), and the government has recently confirmed it remains committed to removing restrictions on companies suing for defamation.

These uniform restrictions were introduced in all Australian States in 2005, recognising that defamation was designed to protect personal reputation and should not be available to companies.

While details of any plans to remove the restriction are not available, opposition has been voiced by the Law Society, the Mercury, Australian Lawyers Alliance, Civil Liberties Tasmania, Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance and EDO Tasmania.  For media articles on this issue, see below:

Injunction issued to prevent re-opening 4WD tracks

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (represented by EDO Tasmania) has been successful in its application for an urgent injunction to prevent the Tasmanian government from re-opening off-road tracks in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area.  The tracks, which were closed in 2012 to protect natural and cultural heritage values, are within the nationally listed heritage place, Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre argued that off-road vehicle use is likely to have a significant impact on the Aboriginal heritage values and the habitat of listed threatened species, and therefore requires approval by the Federal Minister.  The government had indicated that the tracks would be open “before Christmas”, despite no evidence of any mitigation works to avoid impacts on heritage values.

The application for the urgent injunction was heard in the Federal Court on 22 December 2014.  On 23 December 2014, Justice Kerr issued an interim injunction preventing the Director from giving any permission for vehicular access to the tracks until the matter is heard.   You can read the full judgment here, or check our blog for a summary.

Once again, a huge thanks must go to our wonderful legal team, Richard Niall QC, Tiphanie Acreman, Adam Beeson and Sarah Wilson.

Photo from “Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage is Important”

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 BULLETIN 23 RELEASED

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.

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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 BULLETIN 22 RELEASED

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.