This page includes details of EDO Tasmania organised events.  To see presentations by EDO staff from other events, click here.

We are dedicated to community education and happy to present on specific topics at community events.  To request a workshop in your area, click here.


Valuing kunanyi:  Different approaches to valuing nature

Valuin kunanyi

Recent developments in climate change litigation

EDO Qld lawyerAcross the globe, various legal options are being explored to address the growing threat of climate change.

Due to our legal frameworks, cases in Australia have tended to challenge high-emission developments, rather than core policy decisions.  Over the past ten years, courts around Australia have shown an incremental acceptance of the science of climate change and its relevance to assessments under existing environmental impact assessment legislation.

Sean Ryan, Principal Solicitor with EDO Qld, has been involved in climate litigation from the Land Court to the High Court, most recently in relation to the proposed Adani Carmichael mine.  Join Sean for a discussion of those cases, the arguments that have succeeded and the arguments that haven’t.

Dr Jeff McGee will also join Sean to discuss international action and the extent to which litigation is shaping policy responses around the world.

Date:  27 April 2017
Time:  6:00 – 7:00pm
Venue:  Aurora Theatre, IMAS Building

This event is co-hosted by UTAS Law School and EDO Tasmania.  For more details, contact


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Can You Dig This?  Sowing the Seeds for Urban Agriculture in Tasmania

CYDT 5Join EDO Tasmania for an evening of film, food and stories about urban agriculture projects bringing communities together.

21 February 2017 

5:30pm – Sundeck, UTAS Arts School

Enjoy local wine and delicious canapes, and hear from special guests, Kirsha Kaechele (24 Carrot Gardens), James Da Costa (Hobart City Farm) about urban farming projects here in Tasmania, and from Graeme Lynch (Heart Foundation) about the work of the Food and Nutrition Coalition.

6:30pm – Dechaineux Theatre, UTAS Arts School

Watch acclaimed documentary, “Can You Dig This”, exploring the urban gardening revolution currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the US.

This is a fundraising event to help EDO Tasmania to continue working to support and facilitate urban agriculture across Tasmania.  For tickets, click here.


On Track to Protect Tasmania’s Aboriginal Heritage

Aboriginal midden, Tarkine coast, NW Tasmania.

[T]he strong and enduring sense of connection and continuity that Tasmanian Aboriginal people have to a landscape in which their ancestors lived a particular and unique way of life will be adversely affected by the alteration of the landscape and the intrusion into it of things foreign to its natural condition, and the characteristics it possessed when, for thousands of years, Aboriginal people lived in and from that landscape. By this, the outstanding heritage value of the area to the Australian nation as a whole is also damaged.”

                             – Justice Mortimer, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre v Secretary, DPIPWE

On 1 March 2016, the Federal Court held that the Tasmanian government’s decision to re-open three off-road vehicle tracks on the West Coast would have a significant impact on the national heritage values of the area.

Join EDO Tasmania and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for a discussion about what this decision means for cultural heritage protection, management of recreational vehicles, and future government approvals.

WHEN: Tuesday, 22 March 2016 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

WHERE:  Wild Island Tasmania, 33 Salamanca Place

The event is free, but seating is limited.  To register, click here.

For a summary of the decision, click here.


EDO Tasmania Quiz Night

Get along to the EDO Tasmania Quiz for an evening of fun, food, wine, trivia and good company.  All funds raised go to helping EDO Tasmania keep providing legal services to protect the environment.  Download the Quiz flyer

Quiz flyer

One-Stop Shopping: What Will Bilateral Agreements Mean for Tasmania?

BilateralsEDO Tasmania, EIANZ and the National Environmental Law Association hosted a discussion forum on 3 September 2014 looking at what bilateral agreements under the EPBC Act will mean for Tasmania.

Download presentations from our speakers:

  • James Barker, Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Reform Taskforce, Department of Environment (Cth)
  • Alex Schaap, Director, Environment Protection Authority
  • Dr Chris McGrath, Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Regulation, University of Queensland (by video link)
  • Catherine Murdoch, Manager Environment, Tasmanian Irrigation
  • Peter McGlone, Director, Tasmanian Conservation Trust

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North of the Sun screening

North of the Sun Flier - Stanley BurburyOn 7 August 2014, EDO Tasmania is hosting a surf film night exploring marine debris issues. The event features award winning Norwegian film, North of the Sun, Tasmanian surf clips and a presentation by Matt Dell about the great work of the South West Marine Debris Clean-up team.

Where:  Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTas
When: 6:30pm, 7 August 2014



Threatened Species forum

On World Biodiversity Day, 22 May 2014, EDO Tasmania hosted a forum discussing approaches to threatened species management.  All the indicators make it clear that biodiversity continues to decline and be degraded across the State.   This forum heard from a range of speakers with different perspectives on the aims of biodiversity conservation and the best approaches to achieve those aims.

Download the presentations:

  • Dr Peter McQuillan – Senior Lecturer, School of Land and Food, UTAS
  • Professor David Bowman – Environmental Change Biologist, School of Biological Sciences, UTAS
  • Dr Sally Bryant – Manager, Science & Planning, Tasmanian Land Conservancy
  • Dr Clare Hawkins – Senior Zoologist, Threatened Species & Marine Section, DPIPWE


2012 Conference - Managing Marine Farming

This conference explored whether the objectives of the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 were being met from the perspectives of industry, the community and the environment.

Is Tasmania leading the way? Could our system be improved?

Conference Papers

Duncan Kerr SC: Welcome

Hon Peter Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania:  Opening Address

Gerard Castles: Tasmanian brand issues associated with current aquaculture practice


Dr Hamish Rennie:  International approaches to marine spatial planning

Wes Ford:  Overview of the regulatory framework in Tasmania

Tom Baxter:  Do recent amendments to the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 represent good governance?

Jon Bryan: The case for integration of marine farming planning and the mainstream planning system / Sustainable seal management practices


Dr John Volpe:  Achieving best practice global standards through performance monitoring and accreditation

Industry Perspectives

Dr Adam Main:  Salmon Farming in Tasmania: current practices and operations

Jeffrey Whayman:  Experiences with regulation and monitoring in the shellfish industry

Maree Fudge:  Social Returns of Marine Farming

Dr Catriona MacLeod:  Science in support of sustainable aquaculture: An overview of current IMAS Environmental Research

Christine Coughanowr:  Derwent Estuary Program: A case study of a collaborative science-based partnership to restore the Derwent

Big PDF Icon  Marine Farming Conference – Speaker Profiles

 Big PDF Icon  EDO Tasmania position paper:  Improving Tasmania’s Marine Farming Framework


EDO Tas 2009 Conference – Information: A Privilege or a Right?

Papers from the 2009 conference:

Dr David Solomon AM Balancing Responsibilities in the Provision of Information
[Speaker Notes PDF 169 KB]
Dale Webster 
(Dept of Justice)
Strengthening Trust in Government: Tasmanian FOI Review Process
[Presentation PDF 178 KB]
Rick Snell 
(University of Tasmania)
Managing Information Access in a Democracy: The Challenges
[Presentation PDF 197 KB]
Elise Archer
(Alderman, Hobart City Council)
Overview of the Tasmanian State Liberal Opposition FOI policy
[Presentation PDF 134 KB] [Speaker Notes PDF 129 KB]
Tom Baxter 
(University of Tasmania)
Stretching FOI Exemptions: Properly Protecting Business or Pulping the Public Interest?
[Presentation PDF 1.56 MB]
Jane Worrall 
(University of Tasmania)
Mending the Practices of Stakeholders: Dealing with Vexatious Applicants
[Presentation PDF 485 KB]

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Protecting Our Liquid Assets Conference Proceedings

On 27 August 2004, EDO (Tas) and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust hosted Protecting Our Liquid Assets, a conference exploring options for the reform of water management law in Tasmania.

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2002 – Unlocking the Gates

Papers from EDO Tasmania’s 2002 Conference Unlocking the Gates.

Justice Pierre Slicer Law Standing and the Environment
Roland Browne  Forestry Exemptions
Dr. John Young Sustainable Communities and the Tasmanian Forest Industry
Dr. Simon Pigot
Malcolm Ryan A Farmer’s Perspective
Bob Graham Forestry and the Community – Should Forestry Planning Be Democratic?