EDO TAS BULLETIN 5/2019 – Lake Malbena Special Edition

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This Lake Malbena special edition has updates on the Federal court litigation and Tribunal appeal. In other news, highlights include: the Bell Bay approval, climate action strikes, Senate Standing Committee inquiry into mining rehabilitation reports, a High Court decision shaping the future for native title compensation, and how to have your say on the revised Draft Freycinet Peninsula Master Plan, Tasmania’s GMO Moratorium review, and more.



The fortnightly Bulletin from EDO Tasmania is OUT NOW and contains updates on Lake Malbena, Marine Farming Review Panel, Anti-protest legislation, single-use plastics bylaws, IDEA Conference, an introduction from our new CEO/Principal Lawyer, Nicole Sommer (… and more).


A constant in my career has been the EDO – Nicole Sommer, our new CEO

A constant in my career has been the EDO. I have practised in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and in each state the EDO has been there, taking cases for the community, pushing advances in environmental jurisprudence, holding the government to account (in some cases, the government I worked for) and providing much needed and otherwise non-existent community education and advice.

This story is equally true in Tasmania. Whether it is salmon farming, development in national parks, mining in the Tarkine, conserving Tasmanian forests or planning reform, the EDO has been behind the community providing advice and representation.

To read more, click here.

EDO Tas Bulletin 3/2019

Find out the late10804996-3x2-700x467st news on the Rocky Hill climate change case, TWWHA bushfire mapping, toxic wilderness lakes, drilling permits for the Mt Wellington cable car, faunal extinction hearings (… and more!) in the latest issue of the EDO Tasmania Bulletin.

(Photo: Luke Tscharke)


Watch This Space – EDO Tas Bulletin 1/2019

It has been a very heated start to the New Year. The Island State that we love, is under increasing threat with fires burning in multiple locations.


In the first EDO Tas Bulletin of 2019, get updated with the latest environmental and planning news, interesting reads and podcasts..

Watch this space! We’ve included some environmental policy and cases to watch out for in 2019 – Global Climate Action, the Federal Election, World Heritage Tourism Master-plan, Lake Malbena Court Case and much more..


That’s a wrap – EDO Tas Bulletin 19/2018

Lk Malbena & distant Walls of Jerusalem from Mt Oana, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage AreaIt’s been a big year. Round it out with all the latest environmental and planning law updates and a bumper list of summer reading in the last EDO Tas Bulletin for 2018.

We also bid a fond farewell to our long-term Principal Lawyer, Jess, and welcome the new team.

The EDO Tasmania office will be closed from 24 December 2018 while we get outdoors and recharge our batteries. We’ll be back on 7 January 2019 for another year of using the law to protect this beautiful island.

Keeping Lake Malbena Wild: Can you help?

Lk Malbena & distant Walls of Jerusalem from Mt Oana, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Lk Malbena & distant Walls of Jerusalem from Mt Oana, Walls of Jerusalem National Park

“The cumulative impact on both world heritage and natural heritage values would be considerable, particularly noting the impact of helicopters on the outstanding natural aesthetic value of the wilderness area in which it is situated” (Australian Heritage Council)
“Make the access easy by allowing helicopters… and the Western Lakes becomes just another ordinary place like every other ordinary place in the world.” (Greg French, Fishing Guide)

Like many of you, we’re concerned by plans to allow private tourism development in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, and helicopter flights to stunning Lake Malbena and over surrounding areas. The project would see Halls Island effectively privatised, with associated helicopter flights disturbing the tranquillity that is so important to those who love the Western Lakes.

So, we’re heading to court.  EDO Tasmania has filed a legal challenge on behalf of our clients, The Wilderness Society, seeking to overturn the Federal Government’s decision to allow a tourism project to proceed without detailed assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).  If we are successful, the Federal Government would have to go back to the drawing board and make a clear, transparent assessment of the environmental impacts of this project.

We’re taking on this legal action to protect Tasmania’s World Heritage Area and to keep our wild places wild. But we need your help.

This case will help ensure our environmental laws are being upheld and used to protect our internationally-recognised wild places in the way the community expects.  It is a crucial step towards ensuring the TWWHA remains in public hands and safe from over-development.

Your tax-deductible donation will help us to fight to keep Tasmania’s wild places wild.

Thanks for your support!