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March 2015

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This month

NELA news and events
01. NELA WA Sundowner
02. Australian Environmental Law Digest – contributions invited
03. Follow us on Twitter

Law and policy developments
04. In the legislature
05. In the courts
06. Policy developments and other news

07. (Sydney) Mahla Pearlman Oration
08. (Sydney) Future or Environmental Law Symposium
09. Current Issues in Environmental Law Series
10. (Sydney) Climate Change: how do we govern adaptation?
11. (Sydney) Private response, public response and climate futures
12. Learning to Adapt
13. (Melbourne) What About Gas?
14. (Canberra) Greenwashing: trademark law, consumer rights and internet domain names
15. (Canberra) Conservation Council’s 2015 Symposium
16. (Perth) Water Resources Law in Western Australia
17. (Perth) Water Resources Law - Short Course
18. (Canberra) Climate change, human rights and fossil fuel divestment
19. (Sydney) Nature Conservation Council's 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference
20. (Fiji) Oceania Regional Conservation Forum
21. (Hawaii) 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

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22. Commonwealth
23. Australian Capital Territory
24. New South Wales
25. South Australia
26. Tasmania

27. Work
28. Other


NELA news and events

HeaderNELA WA Sundowner

The NELA WA Committee invites NELA members and supporters to a summer sundowner in the CBD for drinks and networking.

Please join us to kick-start the year and meet other professionals in the environmental industry.

When: 5.00 - 8.00pm, Thursday 12 March 2015

Where: Lalla Rookh, Lower Ground, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Cost: Registration is free for members and $25 for non-members and includes a drink on arrival and canapés. 

RSVP: Register online by Thursday 5 March 2015, please note that numbers are strictly limited.


Australian Environmental Law Digest – contributions invited

Contributions are invited for the June edition of the Australian Environmental Law Digest.  Contributions on any topic are welcome, however we are particularly interested in articles discussing approvals and enforcement issues in your State.

Articles should be 1,500 – 2,000 words, but longer articles may be accepted.  Please email any contributions to review@nela.org.au before 15 May 2015.


Follow us on Twitter

The NELA Twitter feed is a great way to stay up to date with environmental law developments in Australia in between issues of the Bulletin. We tweet updates, articles and podcasts, as well as jobs, events and other things which are going to expire before the next issue of the Bulletin is published.

It doesn’t cost anything and you don’t have to be on Twitter (though we welcome follows if you are) – just Google @NELA_Australia or click here to see what’s been happening lately.

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Law and policy developments

In the legislature


Increased penalties for hunting turtles and dugong

The Environmental Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 has been passed by the Senate, following an inquiry report last year recommending that the legislation be adopted. 

The legislation significantly increases the penalties associated with killing turtles and dugongs. Amendments sought by the Australian Greens to also increase penalties for killing other threatened species were defeated.

The legislation originally sought to retrospectively validate decisions made under the EPBC Act without reference to approved conservation advice (in light of an earlier Federal Court decision overturning approval for a mine in the Tarkine on the basis that regard was not had to the conservation advice for the Tasmanian devil). Those sections of the legislation are not included in the final amendment.

Senator Nick Xenophon used the opportunity to propose a further amendment to the EPBC Act to expand the scope of the “water trigger” to include all unconventional gas fracking activities. The amendment was not supported by Liberal or Labor Senators, although Labor called for a review of the National Partnership Agreement on CSG and Large Coal Mining Development to consider whether the scope of the trigger should be expanded to other forms of unconventional gas, including shale and tight gas.


Australian Capital Territory

Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Act 2015

On 25 February 2015, the Legislative Assembly passed the Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Act 2015. The Act is expected to commence in April.

The legislation will facilitate the proposed light rail track between Civic and Gungahlin being built on schedule. To enable swift completion of the project, the legislation curtails third party appeal rights. In particular, the Act:

  • removes third party merits review rights for light rail and associated infrastructure

  • amends the Administrative Decision (Judicial Review) Act 1989 (ACT) so that it cannot apply to decisions related to light rails.

  • reduces the time limits for bringing a common law appeal to the ACT Supreme Court.

Read the bill’s explanatory statement here.


New cat containment areas announced

The ACT Government has the power to declare certain suburbs in the ACT as ‘cat containment areas’, where the Government is satisfied that cats pose a serious threat to native flora or fauna. Fines of up to $1500 apply to residents of cat containment areas who do not keep their cats indoors.

The Government has recently announced two of Gungahlin’s newest suburbs will become cat containment areas, Moncrieff (from 18 March 2015) and Jacka (from 1 January 2017).  These areas are additional to existing cat containment areas in Bonner, Crace, Coombs, Denman Prospect, Forde, Lawson, Molonglo, Wright and The Fair at Watson.

Residents seeking further information about restrictions in their suburb should contact the Territory and Municipal Services in the ACT.



Proposed amendments to defamation laws dropped

The Tasmanian government has abandoned its controversial proposal to amend the Defamation Act 2005 (Tas) to enablecompanies with more than 10 employees to sue for defamation.

The government’s decision came after it failed to get support to amend the uniform defamation laws from other States and Territories, the Law Society, civil liberties groups, environment groups and other community organisations. The proposed changes were also opposed by large timber company, Ta Ann, one of the companies expected to have been supportive of the changes given targeted market campaigns against it by environmental groups in the recent past.

For an explanation on why the government changed its plans, click here


In the courts


$58,000 fine for polluting creek

Construction company Watsiana Pty Ltd has been fined $58,723 for twice polluting a local creek in 2011. The pollution arose when the company discharged sediment laden water into the creed located near its site.

Magistrate Goldberg noted that, while the company had no record of prior offences, it was important that the penalty demonstrate to any corporation it should not undertake works with the potential to cause pollution.

For more information, click here.


Policy developments and other news


National Clean Air Agreement by 1 July 2016

At the Meeting of Environment Ministers on 26 February 2015, Federal and state governments agreed to work together to improve air quality standards and help tackle the effects of climate change. Environment ministers released an agreed outcomes statement outlining their commitment to a national clean air agreement.

A climate change adaption working group has been established, to be chaired by Lisa Neville, Victoria’s Environment Minister.

To read the discussion paper, click here.


“Green tape” inquiry report released

On 23 February 2015, the House of Representatives released its report into ‘streamlining and green tape.’ The Liberal / National majority report expresses support for the government’s one-stop shop policy, while the dissenting report from the Labor members notes the concerns expressed by various stakeholders that the policy would weaken environmental protections, create conflicts of interest and reduce consistency across Australia.

The report makes a number of additional recommendations regarding opportunities to reduce duplication, including coordinated threatened species lists and comprehensive public-access databases, as well as investigating the possibility of an accreditation scheme for practitioners preparing environmental impact assessments to secure higher reporting standards.


State of Conservation Report on World Heritage properties

The Australian government has delivered its State of Conservation reports regarding the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage Committee. The Reports outline the government’s response to previous decisions of the World Heritage Committee and updates on management activities.

The Report on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area does not include the draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (SOUV), currently being finalised by the government. The draft SOUV is expected to be submitted for consideration at the next Committee meeting in June 2015.


Supertrawler proponent gets approval to fish with smaller vessel 

Seafish Tasmania, proponent of the controversial supertrawler, FV Abel Tasman, has received preliminary approval to fish its approved quota in the Small Pelagic Fishery using a 95m vessel, the Geelong Star.  A vessel management plan will need to be approved before any fishing can occur. The approval follows an earlier commitment from the Australian Government to ban the use of ‘supertrawlers’ greater than 130m in length. 


Emissions Reduction Fund auctions

The first auction for the Emissions Reduction Fund, which aims to provide $2.55 billion to projects designed to abate carbon emissions, will take place on 15 and 16 April 2015.  

As part of the auction, the Clean Energy Regulator will purchase carbon credit units through a Carbon Abatement Contract at a price determined by reverse auction. No guidance has been provided regarding benchmark prices for bids, and bidders are not advised what bids are made by other participants.


New South Wales

Biodiversity review report released

The Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel has released its final report to the Minister for the Environment.  The report details recommendations regarding amendments to the legislative and policy framework for biodiversity conservation and native vegetation management in New South Wales.


Conditional approval for mine extensions

The NSW Planning Assessment Commission has given conditional approval for large extensions of two coal mines north-west of Sydney, adding a potential 31 million tonnes of extra coal output a year. The two mines concerned are the Moolarben Coal mine, 80% owned by YanCoal, and Rio Tinto’s Bengalla mine.

Read more here and here.  


Northern Territory

Fracking review recommends against moratorium

On 26 February 2015, the NT government tabled a report regarding hydraulic fracturing, commissioned by the government and authored by Dr Allan Hawke AC.  The report had been presented to the government in November 2014, but not released.

The report  concluded there was “no justification whatsoever for the imposition of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory”.  However, the report also found that a robust regulatory regime needed to be created to manage the environmental risks and recommended restructuring the Environmental Assessment Act to better address assessment requirements.

To read the report, click here.



Queensland’s first Minister for the Great Barrier Reef

On 14 February, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP was sworn in as Premier of Queensland following Labor’s state election win. The new cabinet includes Steven Miles MP, who will be Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection as well as the first Minister for the Great Barrier Reef.

Read more here.


South Australia

SA urges move on climate change

The South Australian Government will take ‘unilateral action on climate change in renewable energy’ and has begun talks with New South Wales and Victoria urging them to follow suit. According to the State’s climate change Minister the Hon Ian Hunter the stance is in response to the Federal Government’s refusal to ‘take meaningful action’ in relation to climate change. The Minister also noted South Australia’s preference for a national approach to emissions trading that would ensure consistency across the country.


Royal Commission into Nuclear Industry

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has announced a Royal Commission into the potential of a nuclear industry in the State. The purpose of the Royal Commission is to give South Australians ‘the opportunity to explore the practical, financial and ethical issues raised by a deeper involvement in the nuclear industries’.

For more information, click here



Fracking ban extended to 2020

The Tasmanian Government has released its Fracking Policy, which outlines an extension of current moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for gas or petroleum until March 2020. The policy makes clear that exploration not involving fracking may continue during that period.

There are no plans to amend the legislation to give effect to the ban, relying instead on the works approval process. 

The government will undertake a full review of fracking practices prior to 2020, having regard to regulatory frameworks and environmental and health impacts experienced in other states.

Read the policy here, and the final report of the Fracking review here.


Tourism developments in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves

The State government has released the first round of tourism projects approved to proceed to a more detailed assessment under the “Expressions of Interest” (EOI) process. The EOI process is a non-statutory process intended to facilitate the development of “sensitive eco-tourism developments” in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves. The process is being coordinated by the office of the recently appointed Coordinator-General.

Details of further proposals are expected to be released before 13 March 2015.  The EOI process is being run at the same time as a significantly revised draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is out for public comment, inviting criticism that the EOI process should be deferred until the terms of any new management plan are known.

Details of the tourism proposals accepted to date, and the EOI assessment process, are available on the Coordinator-General’s site.



CSG Exploration and Fracking Ban to remain until Inquiry finalised

The Victorian State Government’s moratorium on coal seam gas exploration and fracking will remain in place, pending the findings of a parliamentary inquiry examining the impact of the methods used.


Western Australia

Reviewing the Contaminated Sites Act 2003

The statutory review of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 has been completed, with the Minister for Environment tabling a report on the review in Parliament on 24 February 2015. As part of its response to the review, the Department of Environment Regulation has revised and updated its contaminated sites guidelines and fact sheets.

As well as improvements to processes, the guidelines incorporate updates in response to the variation of the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination)
Measure 1999


Environmental Assessment Fees – Mining Act 1978

The Department of Mines and Petroleum will introduce new assessment fees for program of work and mining proposal applications under the Mining Act 1978 (WA). The fees, which take effect on 1 July 2015, will be set at $590 for the program of work applications and $6,590 for mining proposal applications. The fees will be waived entirely for exploration or prospecting work that disturbs less than 0.25 hectares of land (other than reserve land).

A fact sheet on the new fees is available here.


185 WA mine approval condition breaches, but zero prosecutions

The Department of Mines and Petroleum has not prosecuted any companies since the 2008-09 financial year for breaches of approval conditions despite 185 mine approval condition breaches being recorded in that time period.

Environment Minister, the Hon. Albert Jacob, defended the failure to prosecute by noting that none of the 185 non-compliances had a significant impact on the environment, with many being administrative breaches.

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

(Sydney) Mahla Pearlman Oration

The prestigious annual Mahla Pearlman Oration will be delivered by NELA president, Professor Jan McDonald, specialist in environmental law and climate change responses. Professor McDonald will speak on the topic “Is Resilience the new ESD?”

When:  5 March 2015, 5pm
Where:  Federal Court Building, Sydney

Click here for more information


Header(Sydney) Future or Environmental Law Symposium

The 2015 Future of Environmental Law Symposium on 6 March 2015 will honour the contribution of Dr Gerry Bates to environmental law. The 2015 Symposium will also focus on the new environmental federalism under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) and the issues that raises for environmental lawyers.  Dr Allan Hawke, author of the Hawke Review of the EPBC Act, will deliver the keynote presentation.

When: 6 March 2015, 8:30am
Where:  Langham hotel, Sydney

Click here for more information.


HeaderCurrent Issues in Environmental Law Series

Legalwise is hosting a series of environmental and planning law conferences around Australia. The practical seminars explore topical issues arising for environmental law practitioners.


10 March 2015 – Perth
11 March 2015 – Melbourne
11 March 2015 – Brisbane
12 March 2015 - Sydney

Click on the links above for programme and venue details.

** NELA is offering one free registration to each of the Perth and Sydney events to the first NELA member to email review@nela.org.au with the answer to the following question “When was NELA officially formed?” 

Congratulations to the lucky winners of the registrations for the Melbourne and Brisbane events.


(Sydney) Climate Change:  how do we govern adaptation?

The Sydney Institute is hosting a symposium examining the normative frameworks for adaptation policy – justice, resilience and transformation – through case studies and experience of adaptation planning.

Speakers include:

  • Neil Adger, University of Exeter

  • Frank Thomalla, Stockholm Environment Institute - Asia

  • Breena Holland, Lehigh University

  • Jon Barnett, The University of Melbourne

When: 12 March 2015, 9am
Where: Cullen Room, Holme Building, University of Sydney

To register, click here


(Sydney) Private response, public response and climate futures

Professor Neil Adger will deliver a public lecture on who bears the costs when the weather turns nasty. Professor Adger, a visiting scholar from the University of Exeter, argues that the trend towards devolution of risks, such as coastal planning and the cost of flooding, from the public to the private domain creates new vulnerable groups.

When: 12 March 2015, 6pm
Where: Law LT 101, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney

To register, click here


Header(Melbourne) Learning to Adapt

Learning to Adapt is a professional development program for established environmental professionals looking to develop a specialisation in climate change adaptation.

This innovative course will run in Melbourne over three days of intensive collaborative learning delivering practical, hands-on skills and knowledge at the postgraduate level.

Module 1:  Applying the science of climate change impacts – 18 March 2015

Module 2:  Assessing and managing climate change risk – 29 April 2015

Module 3:  Implementing and communication climate change adaptation action – 20 May 2015

The course features 15 expert speakers, including leaders in climate change, adaptation and resilience from the research community, consulting industry, local government, industry groups and NGOs.

Successful completion of the course is recognised through the EIANZ’s CEnvP scheme, the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star CPD scheme, by Infrastructure Council of Australia as a Master Class and by a certificate from RMIT. The course is also supported by Green Cross’s Business Adaptation Network and has been developed in partnership with the City of Melbourne.

For more information on the program or to register go to the EIANZ website.


(Melbourne) What About Gas?

Green Capital is hosting two breakfast forums to launch their latest discussion paper, What About Gas?  Theforums will feature presentations from a range of experts, followed  by a moderated discussion:

  • Gas industry - Santos VP Eastern Australia, James Baulderstone

  • Business consumers - Australian Industry Group CEO, Innes Willox

  • Climate policy - John Connor, the Climate Institute

  • Community/landholder -  Chloe Aldenhoven, Lock the Gate Alliance

Green Capital welcomes comment on the draft discussion paper.  To receive a copy of the draft, please contact NELA at review@nela.org.au.


Melbourne, 25 March 2015
Sydney, 22 April 2015

For more information, click here.


(Canberra) Greenwashing: trademark law, consumer rights and internet domain names

Dr Matthew Rimmer will discuss the greenwashing phenomenon (spending more promoting environmental credentials than actually supporting the environment) in the context of the law relating to trademarks, consumer rights and internet domains.

When: 27 March 2015 1pm—2:30pm
Where: Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law


(Canberra) Conservation Council’s 2015 Symposium

The Conservation Council’s ‘Connecting with the community’ symposium will focus on current and new approaches for environmental engagement and advocacy.  Featuring presentations and discussion forums with leading experts and practitioners.

When: 28 March 2015 9am—4pm
Where:  ANU commons, Rimmer Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Price: Starting from $55 (morning and afternoon teas and lunch will be provided)
Bookings: Visit conservationcouncil.org.au or send an email to info@conservationcouncil.org.au


Header(Perth) Water Resources Law in Western Australia

As the Western Australian government proposes to reform its water resources laws, this conference explores what such reforms should look like.  Featuring a range of national and international experts, the conference will cover a broad range of topics, including water security in a changing climate, equitable allocations, managing cumulative impacts from mining projects and facilitating wastewater reuse.

When: 8 April 2015, 8:45am
Where:  University of Western Australia

For more information, click here.


Header(Perth) Water Resources Law - Short Course

Assoc Professor Alex Gardner will lead a short course on Water Resources Law, involving four half-day sessions on the following topics:

  • The institutional framework and objectives of Water Resources Law  

  • The nature of access rights and duties relating to water resources

  • Water allocation planning

  • Administration of statutory entitlements and water trading.

When: 9-10 April 2015
Where:  University of Western Australia

For more information, click here.


(Canberra)  Climate change, human rights and fossil fuel divestment

Dr Matthew Rimmer will discuss climate values in respect of justice, human rights, and development, through a biographical case study of Mary Robinson and her Foundation on Climate Justice.

When: 22 May 2015, 1pm to 2:30pm
Where: Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law


(Sydney) Nature Conservation Council's 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is proud to present its 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands. Further details of the conference themes and a call for abstracts and registrations will follow soon. This two day, multi-disciplinary fire management conference will focus on how fire can be used to rehabilitate degraded landscapes, restore ecological integrity and reinstate resilience into the environment and the community.

When: 9am – 5pm, 26 and 27 May 2015
Where: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney

For more information, contact Michelle Rose, NCC Bushfire Program Coordinator at bushfireconf2015@nature.org.au or 02 9516 0359


(Fiji) Oceania Regional Conservation Forum

In preparation for the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii in 2016, this forum will provide an opportunity for IUCN members to discuss regional issues and policies to be progressed at the WCC.

The forum will be in 13-15 July 2015 in Suva, Fiji.


(Hawaii) 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Held every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.

When: 1 to 10 September 2016
Where:  Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

The last World Conservation Congress was held in 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. More information about the 2016 Congress will be shared here as it becomes available.

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Open for comment


Independent review of Commonwealth Marine Reserves

The public comment period for the review of the Commonwealth Marine Reserves is now open, with the co-Chairs of the Bioregional Advisory Panels, Professor Colin Buxton and Mr Peter Cochrane, inviting “ideas and suggestions on how marine reserves should be managed into the future.”

The review will focus on zoning and management within the existing reserve network, and has established five Bioregional Advisory Panels (representing the South-west, North-west, North, Temperate East and Coral Sea marine regions) to facilitate consultation with interested parties.
Submissions have been extended until 31 March 2015.  For more information, click here.


Nominations for threatened species

The Commonwealth government is inviting nominations for native species, ecological communities or threatening processes to be listing (or to have their listing status updated) under the EPBC Act.   Nominations will be accepted until 26 March 2015, and assessed in the period commencing 1 October 2015.

For more information about the nomination process, click here


Australian Capital Territory

Consultation on ACT climate change adaptation

The Environment and Planning Directorate is inviting the public to join the conversation on climate change adaptation. The ACT Government acknowledges the dire consequences that climate change will bring to the ACT region, including an increased frequency of droughts and bushfires.

The public can share their thoughts by contacting the Government on Twitter, Facebook, or by Email. The consultation period ends on 31 March 2015.


New South Wales

Public consultation on national parks establishment

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking comment on the proposed directions, socio-economic considerations and community involvement in creating new national parks and reserves in NSW.

The NPWS acquires land for the establishment of new national parks through public land transfer, voluntary sale or transfer of private land, bequests and donations, or through biodiversity offsets. The NPWS is considering whether opportunities exist to improve these processes.

Submissions are invited until 12 April 2015. For more information, click here.


South Australia

Environmentally significant activities to be amended

The Environment Protection Authority is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the list of activities of environmental significance in Schedule 1 of the Environment Protection Act 1993. The EPA describes the changes as “minor updates to reflect current terminology”. 

Submissions are due by 20 March 2015.  For more information, click here.


Draft terms of reference for Royal Commission into Nuclear Energy

Following initial consultation, the SA government has released draft terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Nuclear Energy.  The draft terms direct the Royal Commission to consider the potential for expansion of current exploration and mining for radioactive materials and the feasibility of processing, manufacturing, disposal, nuclear enrichment and electricity generation in SA. 

The draft terms of reference are available for public comment until 13 March 2015.  To find out more, click here.



Draft management plan for TWWHA

The draft revised management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) has been released for public comment.

The Federal Environment Minister has committed to ensuring that the plan is consistent with international obligations. The draft plan has already elicited a wide range of responses, with ENGOs raising concerns regarding the proposal to move away from the concept of “wilderness” and allow tourism and selective logging in previously off-limit areas.

Comments can be made until 22 March 2015. For more information, click here.


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(Australia) Contributors for Environment and Climate Change Law Library

NELA has recently launched its Environment and Climate Change Law Library, which aims to become a comprehensive compilation of articles published on environmental law topics by law firms, academics, consultants and NGOs. To register to become a regular contributor, or to submit a one-off article for inclusion in the Library, please contact Jess Feehely


(UK) Write for a leading authority on climate change adaptation and business

Acclimatise is a specialist advisory company providing world-class expertise in climate change adaptation and risk management looking to build its growing global contributors network. If you have an article, interview, video or podcast on any aspect of climate change adaptation then Acclimatise would like to hear from you.

For more information about the Acclimatise Network and the benefits of contributing, click here.

Alternatively, send your stories of 400-800 words, along with a short bio and photo (optional), to Will Bugler at w.bugler@acclimatise.uk.com.



Applications for Australian Riverprize

Applications for the International River Foundation’s Riverprize close on 6 March 2015.

Awarded annually, the Australian Riverprize recognises and rewards organisations and partnerships that have demonstrated achievements and progress in the restoration, protection or sustainable management of rivers and wetlands.

The Australian Riverprize winner will receive a cash prize of $150,000 and a trophy. For more information, click here.


Administrative law essay competition

Entries for the Australian Institute of Administrative Law essay competition are invited on the topic “Administrative Law – Challenges of a New Age”. Entries should be 5,000 – 8,000 words and discuss original ideas regarding the practice or theory of administrative law. 

The winner will receive $2,500 and their paper may be published in the AIAL Forum.

Entries should be sent to Linda Crebbin, AIAL President at linda.crebbin@act.gov.au before 24 May 2015. Click here for more details.


Call for support to develop an international law for ecosystems

The Saltus Forum is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank that is initiating a new discussion among leading companies, organizations and experts about the real possibility of an international law for ecosystems.

The Saltus Forum is currently seeking partners and supporting organizations to professionally evaluate and potentially develop such a law.

If you are interested in learning more, click here or email Steve Venton.

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Thanks to the NELA Bulletin team

The NELA Bulletin is researched and written entirely by volunteers. This month, we thank the following people for their contributions:

  • Jess FeehelyEnvironmental Defenders Office (Tas) Inc - editor

  • Amanda Tsioutis - associate editor (Tas, Qld, NSW, ACT, Cth)

  • Fiona Sinclair, Herbert Smith Freehills – associate editor (Vic, WA, SA, NT, International)

  • Siobhan Pelliccia, Blueprint Environmental Strategies – contributor, WA

  • Matthew Goyder, Herbert Smith Freehills – contributor, WA, SA, NT and International

  • Justine Bell, University of Queensland - contributor, Qld

  • Camilla Taylor, EDO ACT – contributor, ACT

  • Natasha Hammond, Barrister – contributor, NSW

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