EDO Tasmania, Standing up for takayna / Tarkine

Over the next week, EDO Tasmania will be in the courts fighting to protect the precious takayna / Tarkine from unsustainable and disrespectful development.

Statements of reasons appeal – Full Court of the Supreme Court

On Friday 19 August 2016, we will be representing the Tarkine National Coalition (TNC) in an appeal in the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

In this appeal, the Tasmanian Minister for Mining is seeking to overturn a decision that recognised that the TNC has standing to apply for the judicial review of decisions to grant mining leases in takayna /the Tarkine.

Despite the TNC’s tireless advocacy to have the area recognised for its World Heritage significance and listed as a National Park, the Minister is arguing that the TNC should not be entitled to a copy of the Minister’s reasons for the decision to grant the mining leases.

EDO Tasmania will be defending the Trial Judge’s finding that the TNC has the right to hold the Minister to account for decisions to approve mines in the heart of takayna / the Tarkine.

Click here to find out more about this case.

Ordinance Point_Whish-Wilson - Tarkine 4WD -7008_4WD tracks appeal – Full Court of the Federal Court

On Monday 22 August 2016, we will before Full Court of the Federal Court on behalf of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) seeking to uphold the decision by Justice Mortimer that stopped the re-opening of three 4WD tracks through the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape (WTACL).

Both the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments have challenged Justice Mortimer’s earlier decision, arguing that the 4WD tracks do not require approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). They will also be asking the Full Federal Court to find that Justice Mortimer’s interpretation of “indigenous heritage values” was too broad and, when properly confined, the impact of tracks on the indigenous heritage values of the WTACL will not be significant.

EDO Tasmania will be arguing that opening the 4WD tracks is an action that will have a significant impact on the indigenous heritage values of the takayna / Tarkine coast and must not proceed without Federal approval.

Click here for a more detailed briefing document about this case.

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Go for EDO – join our Point to Pinnacle team


Point to Pinnacle – 13 November 2016

Join EDO Tasmania’s team for this year’s Point to Pinnacle and help us raise funds to keep using the law to protect Tasmania’s environment.

Team members will receive a T-shirt (featuring our gorgeous P2P Devil) and have their entry fees reimbursed.  We’ll also be offering training sessions, special discounts from supporting organisations and a general sense of camaraderie.

For information about how to join our team, click here.

EDO Bulletin 14/2106

EDO_Devil_PNG_No Lettering_tshirtThe Productivity Commission takes a swipe at agricultural regulation and ISDS clauses, illegal clearing threatens swift parrot habitat and anyone who wants to run up kunanyi can join our Point to Pinnacle team. All this and more in the latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin.

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Mountain Seasons – photo stories

AUSTRALIA, Tasmania. Cradle Mountain, Cradle Mountain -Lake St Clair National Park, winter.Join Grant Dixon, mountaineer & wilderness photographer, for an evening of photo stories featuring four seasons in the mountains of Canada, Japan, NZ and Tasmania.

When:  11 August 2016, 6:30pm

Where: Arts Lecture Theatre, UTAS

This event  is a fundraiser for the Tasmanian National Parks Association.  For more information, click here.

EDO Bulletin 13/2016

sc24The latest edition of the EDO Bulletin has the low down on new Federal and State Ministers, progress towards a new Management Plan for Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, charges laid against the owner of dogs who killed little penguins in northern Tasmania and opportunities to have your say about Tasmania’s climate laws, heritage laws and transport policies.

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New report looks at merits review in planning

EDO reportThe latest report from EDO NSW looks at the importance of providing opportunities for merits review in the planning system.   As Tasmania continues with planning reforms, the report is a good reminder that third party appeals can lead to better environmental and social outcomes and decisions based on ecologically sustainable development.

To read the report, click here.

EDO Bulletin 12/2016

naidoc_logo_stacked_small(1)Check out the latest Bulletin for updates on the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975, withdrawal of plans to expand the Freycinet Lodge, further delays to bans on broadscale clearing on private land and much more.

Happy NAIDOC Week, everyone!


EDO Bulletin 11/2016

3000Flood risks, election promises, a new Mining Minister, recovery plans, events and plenty of opportunities to have your say.  Check out our latest Bulletin for all the news.