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October 2013

The NELA Bulletin is published on the first Thursday of each month. Contributions are welcome and should be emailed to the editor by 5pm AEDST on the preceding Friday.

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NELA news and events
01. From the President
02. NELA Annual General Meeting 2013
03. 2013 NELA WA Annual State Conference, 11 October 2013
04. Tour of Tootgarook swamp biodiversity offset property
05. NELA 2013 Environmental Law Essay Competition closes 8 November

Law and policy developments
06. Legislative developments
07. Case notes
08. Policy, reports and other news
09. International developments

News and events from NELA’s partners
10. (Vic) Australian Sustainability Conference 2013
11. (Vic) Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Annual Conference 2013
(NZ) Seminar: Environment Court Advocacy
13. (NSW) Seminar: Developments in Global Oceans Governance and Conservation

Other events
14. (NSW) 2013 International Sustainability Symposium
15. (Aus – various locations) Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) – upcoming events
16. (ACT) Fenner Conference on Environment 2013
17. (SA) University of South Australia - Law Evenings Seminar 4
18. (Vic) Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Forum - Legal Practitioners
19. (SA) 2013 Australian Minerals and Petroleum Law Association Conference
20. (Vic) Nexus Ball – Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association
21. (UK) UKELA Climate Change and Energy Working Party Seminar
22. (NSW) Law Council of Australia’s 3rd Future of Environmental Law Symposium
23. (Aus – various locations) Legalwise Seminars
24. (UK) Gartner Lecture 2013
25. (Fiji) 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas
26. (Ecuador) Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature Conference

27. Opportunities for comment
28. Roles
29. Other

NELA news and events

From the President


I’ve been asked to speak at a conference next week on the topic of women leading the sustainable development agenda, which has prompted me to look at gender equity and sustainability in the legal sector.

Research about women on boards shows that companies with women directors are more likely to be companies that focus on longer term growth, have better environmental performance, look after their staff and protect their social ‘licence to operate’.

In the legal profession women make up just 21 per cent of partners in law firms, even though they make up nearly half of legal practitioners. At the Bar women make up just 19 per cent of barristers and only 9 nine per cent of senior counsel.

Law firms in general have been slow to adopt sustainability reporting compared to their business and government clients. I’m told only 27 law firms produced their own sustainability report last year, probably a product of the culture of the legal profession rather than the low proportion of women at the top.

The ASX recently published draft Corporate Governance Principles recommending that publicly listed companies disclose how they have had regard to environmental, social and economic sustainability risks. But they say the international framework for reporting needs to be much better developed before companies should be expected to report.

Australian law firms could be leaders in environmental performance and gender equity by setting targets for their sustainability performance including gender balance, carbon footprint, and waste, and reporting their progress annually. In doing so they would help to lead development of the reporting framework. Some firms are already doing it and have proved its commercial advantage.

Amanda Cornwall


NELA Annual General Meeting 2013

NELA’s AGM is being held today, 3 October 2013.

A copy of the President’s report is available here.

We’ll have a report on the AGM, including details of your new NELA executive, in the next issue of the Bulletin.

2013 NELA WA Annual State Conference, 11 October 2013


The 2013 NELA WA Annual State Conference will be held on 
11 October 2013 
at the Parmelia Hilton Perth. The conference theme is Water in Practice; laws for a limited resource.

Registration closes tomorrow, 4 October 2013.

Click here to download the event flyer and registration form.

Tour of Tootgarook swamp biodiversity offset property

NELA Victoria and Trust for Nature are pleased to offer a tour of this site of Biological Significance in Victoria which is protected and managed with funding under a biodiversity offset arrangement with the Linking Melbourne Authority. Meet the owner and hear speakers from DEPI and Linking
Melbourne Authority.

When: Saturday, 12 October 2013, 10am to 4pm

Limit of 20 people. Registrations close tomorrow, 4 October 2013.

Please click here to download the flyer for more information


NELA 2013 Environmental Law Essay Competition closes 8 November

This year's theme is "If it's worth protecting then it's worth protecting well".

Win $1000 in cash, a 12 month NELA membership, and publication of your paper in the National Environmental Law Review.

Entry is open to any undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution. Deadline for entries is 5pm, 8 November 2013.

Please spread word. A flyer is available in PDF here and the competition guidelines are available here.

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Law and policy developments

Legislative developments

New South Wales

Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment Bill 2013

This Bill, which will amend the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 abolish the Game Council, has had its second reading in the house of introduction, the Legislative Assembly. A copy of the Bill, the Minister for Primary Industries’ second reading speech, and details of the progress of the Bill can be accessed here.


Native Vegetation Regulation 2013

The Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 commenced on 23 September 2013. The new Regulation replaces the Native Vegetation Regulation 2005 and makes changes to the type and extent of vegetation clearing that landholders are permitted to undertake without approval from the NSW Government. Along with changes to rural agricultural management activities, the Regulation also introduces non-rural routine agricultural management activities. Other changes include the removal of restrictions on clearing native vegetation for timber, and the removal of the requirement for landholders to obtain a property vegetation plan in certain circumstances.


South Australia

Port Pirie Smelting Facility (Lead-In-Air Concentrations) Bill 2013

This Bill will provide regulatory certainty for a proposed $350 million transformation of the Port Pirie smelter to a cleaner, state-of-the-art poly-metallic processing and recovery facility by its owner, Nyrstar, by setting the maximum lead-in-air conditions under the Environmental Protection Agency operating licence after completion of the project.

This regulatory certainty will enable Nyrstar to obtain the investment it needs to carry out the project and also ensures a healthy environment for the people of Port Pirie, as well as the economic benefits that the upgraded smelter will provide.

The Bill has now passed both Houses. For copies of the Bill at each stage of its passage, click here.


Case notes

New South Wales

Environment Protection Authority v Peak Gold Mines Pty Limited [2013] NSWLEC 158

Peak Gold Mines Pty Ltd (Peak Gold) operates Peak Gold Mines, which is a gold and copper ore mining operation located about 9 kilometres from Cobar, in the west of New South Wales.

Between 24 November and 21 December 2011, mine tailings, which contain contaminants including cyanide and heavy metals, discharged into a constructed clean water drain at the mine site. The pollution did not leave the mine site and did not enter any natural watercourse or water body. The incident occurred while contractors carried out construction works at the mine. As holder of the Environment Protection Licence for the site, and as its occupier, Peak Gold was responsible for the pollution incident.

Peak Gold was convicted after pleading guilty in the Land and Environment Court of NSW of having polluted waters in breach of section 120 (1) of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 and was ordered to pay $50,000 to the Cobar Shire Council to contribute to the expansion of council's Effluent Reuse Project, and was also ordered to pay the legal costs of the Environment Protection Authority, as prosecutor in the case, in the amount of $52,000.


Environment Protection Authority v Terrace Earthmoving Pty Ltd [2013] NSWCCA 180 (Terrace) and Shannongrove Pty Ltd v Environment Protection Authority [2013] NSWCCA 179 (Shannongrove)

In these two recent cases, the Court of Criminal Appeal has determined the question of what waste is, for the purposes of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, in favour of the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) view that a broad definition should be applied.

In Terrace, the Court held that, when determining whether a material is waste, the only test is whether the owner (or generator) of the material at the time transportation of the material commenced had a continuing use for the material. If not, the material is simply waste. The Court further clarified that the test requires reference to the specific state of mind of the owner of the waste, immediately prior to transportation, and that this is the only factor to determine: if the owner has no further use for the substance, it is waste.

In Shannongrove, the Court took this a step further, stating that even if material has value to the transporter, or to the end user, it is still waste - otherwise, no substance being transported as part of a business, or that was applied to agricultural land, would ever be waste, and the intention of the Act in restricting the transport and disposal of waste would be subverted.

As a result of these decisions, almost any resource recovery or similar activity is likely to be subject to that Act and thus to regulation by the EPA, regardless of other factors such as the re-usability or value of a “waste” substance.



Cougar Energy fined for releasing a dangerous chemical

Cougar Energy, a gas company, was recently fined $75,000 in the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court over the rupture of a production well at its Kingaroy underground coal gasification project which resulted in contamination of groundwater 10 kilometres south of Kingaroy with cancer-causing benzene.

The company was also ordered to pay $40,000 in costs; the underground coal gasification project was shut down in 2011 after the traces of benzene were found.


Policy, reports and other news


Steps to streamline environmental approvals

The new Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt MP, has begun talks to implement Coalition policy to cede Federal  environmental approvals power under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to the States under the bilateral agreements. The policy is similar to  a policy of former the Labor government which was eventually rejected after most states failed to deliver aspects of national environmental standards within the timeframe.

On 25 September 2013 the Commonwealth and Queensland Ministers signed a draft Memorandum of Understanding which aims to create a “one stop shop” for environmental approvals at the State level. According to the Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, ”What we will have is one process that gives business certainty and produces great environmental outcomes.”


Carbon Farming Initiative assessment framework

The National Water Commission has developed a Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) assessment framework after assessing 72 water plans to determine whether relevant water management arrangements associated with plantations are consistent with the interception provisions of the National Water Initiative. Plantations are ineligible for carbon credits under the CFI if they risk having a significant impact on water availability.

A copy of the CFI assessment framework is available here.


Bureau of Meteorology National Water Account

The Bureau of Meteorology has released their final round of National Water Account 2012 regional reports, which provide a picture of water resources management for the previous financial year for a selection of nine nationally significant water use regions across Australia.

The National Water Account is published annually by the Bureau under the Water Act 2007. Based on the best available data, it discloses the total water resources of each region, the rights of access to that water and the abstraction of water for economic, social, cultural and environmental benefit.

For more information and to view all published accounts, click here.


Report on coal mining and coal seam gas

New research undertaken by the Australian Network of Environmental Defender’s Officers, and commissioned by The Australia Institute, has found the Commonwealth government has the power to protect Australia from the negative impacts of coal mining and coal seam gas and should not pass responsibility for this to the states.

A copy of the report is available here.


Australian Capital Territory

Nature Conservation Strategy 2013-23

The ACT’s Nature Conservation Strategy 2013-23 was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 8 August 2013.

The Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said that the new Strategy will guide and manage nature conservation in the Territory over the next 10 years.

“Central to the strategy is the notion that natural landscapes are much more resilient to threats, such as climate change and pest animals, when large areas of high quality habitat are conserved and connected to each other.”

The strategy was prepared by the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate following consultation with land managers, community groups and the general public.

A copy of the strategy is available here.


South Australia

6th State of the Environment Report released

The South Australian Environment Protection Authority has released its 2013 State of the Environment Report. The EPA, which produces the report, says it reveals mixed results.

The good news is  sustained growth in generation of renewable energy, more efficient use of water and electricity, and continued increases in recycling.  But the report also highlights areas for concern, such as further decline of already poor biodiversity, increased use of natural resources, increased average temperatures, increased development and industrial activity in sensitive areas such as the coastal zone, increased use of private motor vehicles, reduced water flows for the natural environment from the River Murray, and changes in the acidity, salinity and temperature of the marine environment.

A copy of the report can be accessed here.


International developments

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report

The IPCC has just released its Fifth Assessment Report. The report concludes that it is extremely likely that climate change has predominantly been caused by human influence.

The report also indicates that global surface temperatures are likely to rise to anywhere from 1.5 degrees Celsius to over 2 degrees Celsius (relative to 1850 to 1900) by the end of this century. The result of this temperature change will be that heat waves will be very likely to occur more frequently and last longer, wet regions will receive more rainfall and dry regions less, and the global mean sea level will rise at a greater rate than it has in the last 40 years.

The report’s authors note that we are now committed to climate change as a result of past, present and expected future CO2 emissions, but that in order to limit it, substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions must be implemented.

The approved summary for policymakers is available here, or you can access the full document here.

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News and events from NELA’s partners

Events offered by NELA’s partners often provide substantial savings for NELA members - so check them out and make the most of your NELA membership!

(Vic) Sustainable Business Australia

Australian Sustainability Conference 2013


The new federal Minister for the Environment the Hon Greg Hunt MP will be opening the conference which brings together leading business practitioners and strategic leaders to explore ideas to spearhead sound sustainable business strategy. 

When: 9-10 October 2013
Where: Melbourne

For more information click here.


(Vic) Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Annual Conference 2013

Adapt, Innovate, Advocate – Business as Usual is not an Option


The conference theme reflects the urgency of the environmental challenges facing Australia, New Zealand and the world in the 21st century and the need for environment professionals to lead in addressing these challenges.

When: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2013
Where: RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne

NELA members are entitled to registration at EIANZ member rates (inc GST)

For more information about the conference click here.


(NZ) Seminar: Environment Court Advocacy


This seminar will enable you to hone specialist advocacy skills relating to the whole of the life of a case in the Environment Court.

When/where: various dates/locations across New Zealand during the last week of October 2013. Each seminar is expected to be 2 to 2.5 hours in length.

For more information, including specific dates and times, click here.

(NSW) Seminar: Developments in Global Oceans Governance and Conservation

Jointly hosted by the Australian Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ACIUCN), the University of Sydney’s United States Study Centre and Humane Society International, the seminar is designed to brief interested parties, and further engage all stakeholders about the best options to progress a new high seas conservation agreement.

Speakers will include Robert Hill, ex-Canadian Prime Minister and GOC Commissioner Paul Martin. Alistair Graham (HS) will also report on the outcome of the recent UN Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction in New York.

When: 10 am – 4 pm, Thursday, 7 November 2013
Where: Darlington Centre Conference, University of Sydney

For further information, click here

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Other events

(NSW) 2013 International Sustainability Symposium

Innovative waste recycling and energy efficiency solutions

Co-organised by the Australian Chapter of AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Association) USA and Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT@UNSW), this Symposium aims to address the current status of research and technologies for innovative waste recycling and energy efficiency solutions.

The Symposium will bring together industries and research institutions to present scientific and engineering advances on environmentally sustainable materials, processes, associated technologies and economic benefits. 

Brickworks Limited’s Steve Mouzakis, a member of NELA’s newest partner, Sustainable Business Australia, will be speaking on 4 October on “Alternate materials and fuels in the brickmaking process.”

When: 3–4 October 2013
Where: University of New South Wales

For more information, click here.


(Aus – various locations) Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) – upcoming events

AELA’s mission is to promote the understanding and practical implementation of earth jurisprudence and ‘wild law’ in Australia.  Earth jurisprudence is a new legal theory and growing social movement.  It proposes that we rethink our legal, political, economic and governance systems so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth. To learn more, join us at one of our upcoming events:

  • (WA) Margaret River – morning workshop – 4 October 2013

  • (WA) Perth – public lecture – 4 October 2013

  • (WA) Perth – 1 day workshop – 5 October 2013

  • (Qld) – Environmental Justice Symposium – 12 and 13 December 2013.

For more information about each event, or to RSVP, please click here.


(ACT) Fenner Conference on Environment 2013

Population, Resources and Climate Change: Implications for Australia’s near future 

When: 10 and 11 October 2013
Where: Shine Dome, Acton, Canberra

Keynote address by Professor Paul Ehrlich. Richard Denniss will be the after-dinner speaker. Scholarships are available for graduate students.

For more information about the conference, click here. To register, click here.


(SA) University of South Australia - Law Evenings Seminar 4

Climate change, collaborative consumption and the sharing economy: a new role for the legal profession

An important dimension of climate change is the legal support structures for organisations that aim to respond to it. This seminar explores the legal support structures for initiatives that mix social enterprise and social activism. It highlights in particular the work of the Sustainable Economies Law Centre based in the US and one of its co-founders, Janelle Orsi. Orsi was profiled by the American Bar Association as a “legal rebel”; an attorney who is “remaking the legal profession through the power of innovation”.

This seminar, presented by Professor Bronwen Morgan (University of Bristol/University of New South Wales) and Professor Rob Fowler (University of South Australia), explores ways in which the approach of the Centre may be of relevance to the legal profession in Australia as it responds to climate change. 

When: Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Where: Bradley Forum, Level 5, Hawke Building, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide

For more information or to register, click here.


(Vic) Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Forum - Legal Practitioners

The Planning and Environment List at VCAT wishes to invite you to a forum to discuss a range of matters that are of mutual interest.

The forums provide practitioners and Planning and Environment List Members with the opportunity to discuss matters of common interest. The Tribunal is keen to discuss a number of procedural and practical issues, and are also keen to receive feedback from practitioners on matters that they wish to raise. The forums will be conducted in an informal manner. Members will be available to answer questions and engage in discussion.

When: Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at 4.40 — 6.00 pm 
Where: 55 King Street, Melbourne, Room 2.1

RSVP to Pat Fernando at pat.fernando@justice.vic.gov.au by Friday 11 October 2013.


(SA) 2013 Australian Minerals and Petroleum Law Association Conference

The 37th National Conference held by AMPLA will provide delegates with informative, topical and interesting business sessions and an enjoyable social program. Friday will be Energy Law Day featuring a stream on energy law related topics.

When: 16 - 19 October 2013
Where: Hilton Adelaide

For more information click here.


(Vic) Nexus Ball – Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association

The Cardno Nexus Ball is an annual evening of networking and fun organised by the young professional groups of PIA Victoria, VPELA and UDIA Victoria, representing the planning, environment and development industries.

The theme for 2013 is 'Formal Fashion Flashbacks' – think high fashion, black tie, upcycled! Formal fashion has changed and evolved over the years. The 2013 Cardno Nexus Ball is a tribute to all those former formal fashions. So recycle a fabulous formal fashion, come dressed to impress and ready to strut your stuff on the catwalk!

When: Friday 18 October
Where: Showtime Events Centre, 61 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf 

For more information, click here.


(UK) UKELA Climate Change and Energy Working Party Seminar

The future of carbon markets

This evening seminar will feature Matthieu Wemaëre, a leading expert on international climate change negotiations, carbon markets and climate finance, and Anthony Hobley, Global Head, Sustainability and Climate Change, at Norton Rose Fulbright, as well as President of the Climate Markets and Investment Association (CMIA), an international trade association representing firms that finance, invest in, and enable emissions reductions projects across the world.

When: 5.15 – 7.30 pm, Monday, 21 October 2013
Where: Nabarro LLP, Lacon House, 84 Theobald's Road, London WC1X 8RW

For more information and to book your place, click here.


(NSW) Law Council of Australia’s 3rd Future of Environmental Law Symposium

The Future of Environmental Law: Wild rivers to aquifers to oceans

This Symposium will honour the contribution of Professor Simon Molesworth AO QC to the field of environmental and planning law.

Professor Molesworth has given a lifetime of dedicated service to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to natural resource management, and to community health. He is one of Australia’s leading environmental lawyers.

Speakers will include the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, Professor Craig Johnson and NELA’s own Dr Sarah Waddell.

When: 8.45 am – 6 pm, Friday, 8 November 2013
Where: The Langham, 89–113 Kent Street, Sydney

For more information and to register, click here.


(Aus – various locations) Legalwise Seminars

Legalwise Seminars runs over 400 legal seminars per year with the most up-to-date content, expert speakers and interactive opportunities to learn. All seminars are CPD accredited and NELA members receive a 10% discount.

Check out their website for their regularly updated program, or click on any of the below upcoming offerings for more information.


(UK) Garner Lecture 2013

The Common Laws of the Environment: At home and Abroad

Lord Carnwath JSC, who is the President of UKELA and the Planning and Environment Bar Association, is giving this year’s Garner lecture.

When: 6pm, 19 November 2013
Where: To be confirmed

The lecture is being held as a partnership with the Journal of Environmental Law and videolinks will be available. Please note the date in your diary. Bookings will open in September.


(Fiji) 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

Natural Solutions: Building Resilience for a Changing Pacific

When: 2 – 6 December 2013
Where: University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

For more information or to register, please click here.


(Ecuador) Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature Conference

This conference will enable participants to collectively examine the lessons learned from the expanding implementations of rights of nature around the world and to broaden our framework of action to further galvanize the global earth rights movement.

When: 13 – 17 January 2014
Where: Ecuador

Further details will be posted here as they become available.

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Opportunities for comment



Productivity Commission inquiry into access to justice arrangements

The Productivity Commission has commenced an inquiry into Australia’s civil dispute resolution system. The inquiry will focus on constraining costs and promoting access to justice and equality before the law.

Initial submissions are invited until Monday, 4 November 2013.

For more information or to make a submission, click here.


Public comment sought on Australian Standard for chain of custody for forest products

The Australian Standard that sets the requirements for the traceability of wood products from sustainably managed forests, recycled material and controlled sources into wood and paper products is currently being reviewed.

Submissions are invited until 8 November 2013

For more information about the review process, including a copy of the draft Standard, and to make a submission, click here.


Environmental risk disclosure obligations proposed in ASX corporate governance principles

The Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) is currently seeking comment on a proposed third edition of its Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations. Of particular interest is recommendation 7.4 which recommends that entities listed on the ASX should disclose whether, and if so how, the entities have regard to environmental and social sustainability risks (as well as economic risks), to investors.

Submissions are invited until 15 November 2013.

For more information about the draft Principles and Recommendations, and to make a submission, click here.


Implementing the National Water Initiative: 2014 Triennial Assessment of water reform progress in Australia

As part of its responsibility to provide independent assurance of governments’ progress on reform under the National Water Initiative, the National Water Commission is inviting public submissions to this assessment.

Submissions are invited until 15 November 2013.

An issues paper providing background and areas for comment is available here and once the assessment is complete in 2014, the Commission will make recommendations to the Council of Australian Governments on actions to further progress reform objectives and outcomes.


New South Wales

NSW Environment Protection Authority to introduce changes to Environment Protection Licences 

The NSW Environment Protection Authority is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the draft Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Amendment (Licensing Fees) Regulation 2013, the Regulatory Impact Statement and the introduction of an environmental risk-based licensing system.

The amendments would introduce higher administrative costs and closer regulation for environment protection licence (EPL) holders with facilities with higher risks or poor compliance records, while EPL holders with low risk facilities and/or good compliance records would likely face lower regulation.

Submissions are invited until 1 November 2013.

For more information or to make a submission, click here.



Examination of the Protection of Prime Agricultural Land and Other Land from Coal Seam Gas Mining Bill 2013

The Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee is currently undertaking an examination of this Bill.

The objective of this Bill is to protect prime agricultural land from coal seam gas (CSG) and mining activities to ensure the sustainability of the agricultural industry and food security in Queensland.
The Bill seeks to specifically exclude CSG and mining activities from designated areas which have been identified as prime agricultural land, including by:

  • prohibiting all CSG and exploration mining activities on land east of the Condamine River from Chinchilla to the New South Wales Border and from the Longitudinal line running directly through the Chinchilla Post Office east to the coast; and

  • protecting areas of identified prime agricultural land as “potential strategic cropping land”  under the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011

Written submissions are being accepted until 18 October 2013. For more information or to make a submission, click here.



Draft Coastal Strategy 2013

The  Victorian Coastal Council has released the Draft Coastal Strategy 2013 for public comment.  The draft Strategy outlines the proposed approach for planning and managing the coast across the state. The Draft Strategy centres around a vision for “a healthy coast enjoyed by all, now and in the future" and sets out key issues, principles, policies and actions to guide decision-making about Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.

Council welcomes feedback on the draft Strategy, which will help shape the version to be presented to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change in 2014.  Information sessions for coastal professionals and communities will be held in various locations in October.

Submissions are invited until 4 December 2013.

For more information, click here.  



Scalefish Fishery Management Plan Review

The Wild Fisheries Management Branch has commenced preliminary work on a new Scalefish Fishery Management Plan, to replace the current management plan when it expires in November 2014.  

Statutory consultation will commence in April 2014, however the Branch is inviting interested stakeholders to raise any issues that they would like to see addressed in the new Plan now.  Details about the review, including a list of preliminary issues identified for consideration,
are available here.



(NSW) EDO NSW – Outreach Solicitor (Northern Rivers)

EDO NSW seeks an experienced solicitor to join its team. The Outreach Solicitor (Northern Rivers) is responsible for the delivery of legal services primarily in the Northern Rivers region – an area from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie, and west to Tenterfield and Armidale. The position is based in EDO NSW's Lismore office, which has a primary focus on the provision of legal advice and the delivery of community outreach services.

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 14 October 2013. For more information and to apply, click here.


(SA) Environmental lawyers wanted 

EDO SA seeks lawyers to help with their free advisory service. If you have environmental law experience, and are free on Thursday nights, please contact EDO SA.


Volunteer contributors—NELA Bulletin
NELA seeks volunteers to contribute to the law and policy developments section of the NELA Bulletin for all States and Territories except NSW, and for the Commonwealth.

Estimated time commitment is around 1–2 hours a month and volunteers are named in the “Thanks to this month’s contributors” section of the Bulletin; we can also include the name of your organization and a hyperlink to your organisation’s website.

Please contact Ellen Geraghty by email or mobile 0407 459 490 for more information.



(NSW) NSW Environmental Trust grants available

The NSW Environmental Trust invites grant applications for its Restoration and Rehabilitation (R&R) program. Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are available to community organisations, non-profit associations, and State and local government organisations.

The aim of the R&R program is to facilitate projects which prevent or reduce pollution, the waste stream or environmental degradation of any kind, run by community organisations and State and local government organisations.

Applications close 31 October 2013.

For more information about this grants program, and to apply, click here.


(Aus) Call for nominations: Mahla Pearlman AO Award for Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year

Nominations are now open for the Mahla Pearlman Award for the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year.

The Award is named in recognition of the former Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW, and former President of the Law Council of Australia, the late Mahla Pearlman AO.

Nominations must be received by the close of business AEDT on 13 December 2013 by email to lps@lawcouncil.asn.au or by post to GPO Box 1989 Canberra.

For more information about the award, including eligibility criteria, click here.

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Thanks to this month's contributors

EDO NSW; Camilla Taylor, Environmental Defender’s Office (ACT)