EDO Tas Bulletin 17/2017

Screen Shot 2017-08-01 at 10.55.15 pmGet 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.

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report

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.

Federal environmental laws vs development

asdThe 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.

High Court declares anti-protest laws invalid


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.

Fed Minister confirms takayna tracks need approval

2015-10-13 14.03.42The 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.

EDO Tas Bulletin 16/2017

last-light-tarkine-tasmania-by-arwen-dyerRead about the takayna tracks decision, the return of Kings Run, Macquarie Harbour results and a record penalty for an oil spill in the latest EDO Tas Bulletin.


EDO Tas AGM 2017

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.

Happy Devil - Balloons_211015-1WHEN:     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 edotas@edotas.org.au 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.

takayna tracks referral

Midden near Johnsons Head 2015-10-13 14.03.42 Aboriginal midden, Tarkine coast, NW Tasmania. tracks proposal

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)

Summer internships with EDO Tas – applications open!

2017-2018 summer internships are being held during the following periods:

4 – 15 December 2017   8 – 19 January 2018  29 Jan – 9 February 2018

Internships provide students and recent graduates with opportunities to:

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  • Develop an understanding of the Resource Management and Planning System;
  • Gain practical research and drafting experience in relation to planning and environmental law issues;
  • Provide paralegal support in environmental court cases;
  • Contribute to policy and law reform projects in areas such as marine farming, environmental assessment, forest management and planning;
  • Assist in the preparation of environmental law resources;
  • Get an insight into working at a community legal centre;
  • Establish network contacts with planning and environmental law practitioners.

The internship programme will be of most benefit to students with a genuine interest in resource management issues, social justice and environmental law.  Students with a planning / geography background are also encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to students in the final years of their degree, or recent graduates.

Click here for the 2017  Internship application package.  Applications are due by 23 October 2017.