No 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 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.
Firewood, 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!
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.
Updates 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!
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.
For an updated timeline of events in Macquarie Harbour, click here.
Cable car hurdles, gloomy octopuses, an ASC review of the Okehampton leases, your last chance to have a say on new environmental regulations for salmon, and what we promise is our very last pitch for your EOFY cash.
All that and more in the latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin.
Budget funding for rangers, Landcarers and weed officers, leaked UN climate report, pumped hydro and the draft Freycinet Master Plan. Get all the latest environmental and planning news with the EDO Tas Bulletin.
And don’t forget, a tax-deductible gift to EDO Tas this end of financial year will help us to stand up against inappropriate development in our national parks and reserves.
Thank you to everyone who attended “Valuing kunanyi” last week. The presentations from the event are available below:
- Professor John Tisdell – Putting an economic value on kunanyi / Mt Wellington
- Dr Meg Good – Should Australia recognise the human right to a healthy environment?
- Dr Erin ODonnell – Valuing kunanyi: will giving nature legal rights help to protect it?
The full audio recording is available here (the event starts with two songs sung in palawa kani, and an introduction from EDO Tasmania – the presentations begin at 10.30 min)
For a range of articles, papers and case law on these issues, visit our Valuing Nature page.