Ross Sea MPA takes effect

Antarctic Petrel, (c) Dr Eric Woehler

Antarctic Petrel, (c) Dr Eric Woehler

Today celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and ongoing international cooperation on protection, research and conservation of the continent. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are home to many species (not just whales and penguins!) and provide critical scientific insights into climate change, fisheries and marine management.

This year, Antarctica Day also marks the coming into effect of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea.

To find out more about the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the outcomes of the most recent annual meeting (held in Hobart in October), click here.

PWS to investigate illegal track use

2015-10-13 14.03.42The Parks and Wildlife Service has confirmed that they are investigating illegal off-road activity in takayna / the Tarkine after reports made over the weekend. While we commend PWS for investigating, the Minister needs to explicitly condemn the ongoing unlawful use of vehicles within the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape.

For information about the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s court cases to prevent vehicles in the area damaging significant national heritage values, click here.

EDO Bulletin 18/2017


04_magpieCourt challenge to the RFA exemption, major projects legislation to be re-worked, how Turkey, Mexico and even the US beat Australia in the climate action rankings, and the fight for national glory between the ibis and the magpie.

All this and more in the latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin.

Point to Pinnacle

EDO_PtP_Devil_SquareWe did it! A record 32 members of Team EDO walked or ran to the top of kunanyi on Sunday.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated to date. There’s still time to chip in a few dollars and help the team reach our target of $25,000.  Donate here.

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.