EDO Tasmania is a non-profit community legal centre advising on environmental and planning law. Our aim is to increase public awareness of environmental laws and remedies, and help the community to secure a healthy, sustainable Tasmania.
Miss the wonderful presentation by Marjan Minnesma, EDO Qld and EDO NSW about climate litigation? You can watch it here:
Marjan will be presenting in Sydney on Wednesday, and on Thursday in Melbourne.
For details of EDOs of Australia cases, click here.
Last month, there was much jubilation around the world when a court in the Hague ordered that the Dutch Government had an obligation to its citizens to take stronger action on climate change.
Marjan Minnesma, director of Urgenda, the NGO that brought the case against the Dutch government, will be in Australia next week. Unfortunately, she won’t make it to Tasmania, however EDO Tasmania will be hosting a live broadcast of her presentation in Brisbane (organised by our colleagues at EDO Qld).
This event is an opportunity to learn more about this landmark case – what led to the action, and what the court relied on in identifying the government’s obligations. It is also an opportunity to hear about various legal activities underway in Australia to secure stronger responses to climate change.
When: 21 July 2015, 5:45pm (for a 6pm start)
Where: Old Woolstore, Davey St
This is a FREE event, however spaces are limited so please register at www.edo-climate.eventbrite.com.au.
Thanks to the enormous generosity of lots of people, we are very pleased to be able to offer the following items for auction at our quiz night on 17 July 2015:
- Framed original Kudelka (valued at $440)
- 2 bedroom, self-contained eco cabin at Stewarts Bay Lodge
(1 night, valued at $280)
- Self-contained cabin or deluxe tipee at Huon Bush Retreats*
(1 night, valued at $180)
- Bruny Island or Tasman Island cruise for 2 with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys (valued at $250)
- Peppermint Bay cruise for 2, including lunch (valued at $196)
- Goulds Winter Eco-hamper, with loads of organic, naturopathic goodies (valued at $80)
- Smitten Merino pack (scarf + head band – orange)
(valued at $164)
- Smitten Merino pack (scarf + beanie – black and white)
(valued at $164)
- Alcorso Wine Pack (valued at $50)
- Family pass to Port Arthur Historic Site (valued at $80)
If you are not able to attend the quiz, but would like to bid on any of these items, please text your name, Item No (as shown above) and your bid to 0400 803 262 before 8pm on 17 July 2015.
*Huon Bust Retreats is a commercial conservation property 50 minutes south from Hobart.The land has been rescued form loggers and now provides an opportunity for visitors to Relax, Explore, Experience, Nature. Huon Bush Retreats is looking for a new owner, so if you have ever thought about owning a private nature reserve, here is your chance!
The latest edition of the EDO Bulletin is now available. This edition examines a few policy tensions: the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and the decision to approve a mine on prime farmland, governments endorsing threatened species recovery planning while continuing to approve habitat clearing, and the value of public participation in decisions regarding planning schemes and management plans.
There’s also a reminder about our Quiz Night (be quick, only a few tables left!) and details of a range of upcoming events.
To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.
Successive governments have avoided their responsibility to protect threatened species habitat and have instead entrenched the process of extinction.
That’s the conclusion of a new report which finds that only 10% of recovery plans for threatened species effectively restrict habitat loss, even where habitat loss is recognised as a key threat to species’ survival. The report makes a number of recommendations to strengthen protections for threatened species.
The report has been released to contribute to debate as part of the Federal Government’s Threatened Species Summit next week. You can read the report at http://www.acfonline.org.au/…/…/Recovery_Planning_Report.pdf
Only two weeks to go until the EDO Quiz Night, so get in quick. Raising funds while having fun…
To book a table (or just a ticket), go to edotas-quiz.eventbrite.com.au. If you don’t have enough for a full table, let us know and we can match you with others.
See you there!
On 1 July 2015, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee formally adopted its earlier draft decision urging the Australian government to rethink the draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.
The Committee has requested that Australia:
- undertake a detailed study of cultural heritage values of the TWWHA and detail the legal protections for those values
- recognise wilderness values as fundamental to management of the TWWHA
- establish strict criteria to ensure tourism activities will not damage the wilderness character and cultural values of the TWWHA
- ensure commercial logging and mining are not permitted within the TWWHA
- secure adequate funding for management of the property.
The decision adopts the draft decision without amendment. The text of the decision is available here.
The Tasmanian Planning Commission has handed down its report into the proposed amendment of the Mt Wellington Management Plan. The proposed amendment, initiated at the request of the Mt Wellington Cableway Company, will increase the size of the Pinnacle Specific Area on the summit of Mt Wellington to facilitate the construction of the proposed cable car.
The Commission report is very critical of the Wellington Park Management Trust’s process in relation to the amendment. In particular, the Commission found that the Trust’s responses to representors’ concerns in relation to the following issues were inadequate:
- The proposed amendment would not further the vision and objectives of the Management Plan
- Failure to provide reasons for the proposed amendment
- Development in proposed the extended Pinnacle is contrary to Management Plan and will adversely affect conservation values
- Failure to adequately explain the choice of the proposed new boundary areas, particularly given the Pinnacle Specific Area had already been considered and extended in the 2013 Management Plan review
- That Wellington Park is a special place in which a cable car and increased development area on the summit would be inappropriate
The Commission found the Trust’s response was largely adequate in relation to one issue only, namely, that the Springs was a more appropriate place for development.
The Commission has identified two errors of law in the Trust process. Firstly, the Trust failed to read all the public representations. Secondly, the Trust failed to provide its opinion on the merits of the representations and whether the amendment should be modified in light of the representations.
The Commission’s role under the Wellington Park Act 1993 is confined to reviewing the Wellington Park Trust’s assessment of the representation – the Commission cannot approve or reject the proposed amendment. However, the Commission’s review calls into question the validity of any decision the Trust may now make to amend the management plan.
You can read the Commission’s decision here.
Huge thank you and applause for the fabulously talented musicians who put on a fundraising concert to support EDO Tas: the Alpine Quartet, Emlyn Johnson and Mount Trout. A special thanks to Emily Sheppard for organising the event, the Arts Factory for hosting and Salamanca Fresh for the nibbles.
Interested in holding a fundraising event for us? Feel free to contact us to discuss your idea.