We did it!
For the third year in a row, an EDO fundraising team took part in Point to Pinnacle, walking or running from Wrest Point to the top of kunanyi.
Dubbed the “world’s toughest half marathon”, this year’s event was held on a a warm and sunny day, with the heat providing some additional challenges.
After some late substitutions and last-minute additions, our final team took to the road on 19 November. This year we had a record 32 members! See the team here.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated to date.
Online fundraising will remain open for a short while, so there’s still time to chip in a few dollars and help the team reach our target of $25,000. Donate here.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for event photos.
Get up to speed with all the latest planning and environmental law news with the EDO Tas Bulletin.
This edition looks at fish farming, special species, community consultation, and Point to Pinnacle.
Tasmania will only keep its unique identity if people continue the tradition of standing up for the places that they love, and have access to legal advice to help them do that.
Wondering what we’ve been up to for the past year? Read all about it in our Annual Report 2016-2017.
Congratulations to this year’s Committee: Dr Tom Baxter, Leslie Frost, Alison Hetherington, Michael Fuller-Smith, Sarah Wilson, Scott Moorhead and Jill Hickie.
The Senate Red Tape Committee has released an interim report on environmental assessments and approvals. Interim recommendations include reinstating the One Stop Shop policy, repealing the standing provisions that allow ENGOs to challenge govt decisions, and expediting the review of the EPBC Act. The Senate Committee will deliver its final report in December 2017.
The interim report coincides with the release of an IPA report calling for the de-centralisation of threatened species management, claiming a “surge” in threatened species is hindering development approvals.
For a reminder of why a One Stop Shop approach to environmental approvals won’t improve environmental outcomes, read Nari Sahukar’s great overview.
On 18 October, the High Court held (6:1) that Tasmania’s Workplace (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 was contrary to the Constitution, placing a significant and unjustified burden on the implied freedom of political communication.
For a good analysis of the decision, click here. To read the full 192 page judgment, click here.
The Federal Minister (by delegate) has determined that proposed works to re-open off-road vehicle tracks in the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape is a controlled action and will require assessment and approval under the EPBC Act before the project can proceed. In long-running Federal court proceedings, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre argued that the project was a controlled action.
The Minister will now prepare assessment guidelines, and the State government will need to prepare a Public Environment Report addressing the impact of the project on indigenous heritage values and threatened species.
Once the Public Environment Report is prepared, it will be released for public comment.
To read the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s submission regarding the proposal, click here.
What is public interest litigation, and how can it protect the environment?
The EDO Tasmania Management Committee warmly invites all members and supporters to attend our Annual General Meeting for 2017, including a presentation from former EDO Tasmania president, Roland Browne, about the value of public interest environmental litigation.
WHEN: 23 October 2017, 6.00pm
WHERE: New Sydney Hotel (Upstairs), Bathurst Street, Hobart
Catch up with other members, hear more about what we’ve been up to this year, and find out what’s in store for the next 12 months.
Any members wishing to nominate for Committee positions should return a completed Nomination form to email@example.com by 20 October 2017.
To download the meeting papers, click here.
The official AGM will be followed by casual drinks and dinner.
Not a member? Join or renew by clicking here.
Fish poo, tall buildings, 4WDs, new Ministerial portfolios and summer internships with EDO Tasmania. Read all about it in the latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin.
Image: Arwen Dyer, Last Light over the Tarkine
The Tasmanian Government referred its proposal to upgrade and re-open off-road vehicle tracks in the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape to the Commonwealth Minister. The Minister is now required to determine whether the proposal is likely to have a significant impact on the indigenous heritage and natural values of the area.
On behalf of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, we made a strong submission asking the Minister to determine that the proposal would have significant, irreparable impacts and was “clearly unacceptable”.
To read the submission, click here.
For background, click here.
(Images: Grant Dixon and Tiphanie Acreman)