Vale, Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC

Wilcox, McIntyre, FeehelyEDO Tasmania was sad to hear that Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC passed away during the week.  His Honour was a quiet but formidable force in environmental law, and was instrumental in establishing the EDO network.

We’ll continue our work to do justice to his legacy.  Vale, Murray.

You can read more about this wonderful man in this tribute published earlier this year.

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual ReportThanks to everyone who came along to our AGM on Monday evening to hear about what we’ve been up to over the past 12 months and what’s in store for the next year.

We’re delighted to welcome the 2018-19 Management Committee and to announce our new team for 2019.  Read all about it in our Annual Report!

To support us to keep up the good work, you can make a tax-deductible donation.

EDO Tas Bulletin 16/2018


Lake Malbena decision challenged, ASC standards questioned, Planning Policies proposed, Climate Act reviewed… all this and more in the latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin.

TWS seeks review of Lake Malbena decision


EDO Tasmania is representing The Wilderness Society (TWS) in proceedings challenging the decision that the proposed Halls Island/Lake Malbena helicopter-accessed standing camp does not require approval under the EPBC Act.

The case explores important issues regarding the operation of national environmental laws, the level of scrutiny expected for developments in our wild places, and the responsibilities of the Federal Minister in assessing proposals that put internationally-recognised wilderness values at risk.

For more information about the case, click here.

Care about Tasmania’s wilderness? Make a tax-deductible donation to support our involvement in this case and other work to protect Tasmania’s national parks and reserves. 

EDO Tas Bulletin 15/2018

Swift Parrot 11206No EPBC Act approval required for Storm Bay expansion, emissions data released, access to information commitments, funding for swift parrots, comments on Dove Lake and Cockle Creek proposals, and more in the latest EDO Tas Bulletin.

EDO Tas Bulletin 13/2018

EDO_PtP_Devil_SquareFirewood, fish, fines, fauna and fun(?) runs – get all the environmental and planning law news in the latest EDO Tas Bulletin.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of Team EDO for this year’s Point to Pinnacle – join the team to get a great singlet, training support, jelly beans, and a cheer squad.  And raise funds for a great cause!

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 or walking), register at Point to Pinnacle,  select “Join Team” and then “EDO Tasmania”.  Click here for more detailed instructions.  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.