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May 2015

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NELA news and events
01. Member survey
02. NELA submissions
03. Australian Environmental Law Digest – contributions due soon
04. Follow us on Twitter

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

08. (Sydney) Advanced biofuels – commercial status and prospects
09. (Canberra) Climate change, human rights and fossil fuel divestment
10. (St Helens) Ecological restoration symposium
11. (Sydney) Fiona Wain Oration
12. (Sydney) Nature Conservation Council's 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference
13. (Sydney) EDO NSW 30th Anniversary Dinner
14. (Sydney) Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
15. (Sydney) Annual LAWASIA conference
16. (Hobart) Indigenous Peoples and Saltwater/Freshwater governance for a sustainable future
17. (Hawaii) 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Open for Comment
18. Commonwealth
19. New South Wales
20. Northern Territory
21. South Australia
22. Tasmania
23. Western Australia

24. Funding
25. Other


NELA news and events

Member survey

NELA greatly values our members and strives to offer services to meet your needs. Earlier this week, you should have received an email inviting you to participate in a brief survey to let us know how we can improve, and any ways in which you can help. In case you missed it, the survey is available here.

We encourage you to complete the survey to help us plan for a stronger NELA.
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NELA submissions

As a representative voice on environmental law issues, NELA aims to make submissions regarding key Federal law and policy reforms. We encourage members to assist with preparing submissions or providing general comments on reform proposals. To get involved, contact us at review@nela.org.au

To view our latest submissions, click here.

Thank you to Amanda Cornwall for preparing our submission on Australia’s post-2020 emission reduction targets.


Australian Environmental Law Digest – contributions due soon

Contributions for the June edition of the Australian Environmental Law Digest should be submitted by email to review@nela.org.au before 21 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.

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Law and policy developments

In the legislature


Repeal Day

The Government’s Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2015) Bill 2015, aimed at “reducing duplication and red tape”, is currently before the Senate. It includes the following amendments to environmental laws:

  • abolishing the National Heritage Trust Advisory Committee (under the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997) and combining its functions with the National Landcare Council to form the new National Landcare Advisory Committee;

  • abolishing the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee which was established under the EPBC Act to advise the Environment Minister.

Further information can be found in the Explanatory Note.


Supertrawler ban

Further to a public commitment made by Senator Richard Colbeck on Christmas Eve, the Fisheries Management Amendment (Supertrawler) Regulation 2015 was made on 16 April 2015. The Regulations make it an offence under the Fisheries Management Regulations 1992 (Cth) for fishing vessels over 130 metres in length to engage in fishing-related activities in the Australian Fishing Zone. The maximum penalty for the new offence under s.4D is 25 penalty units, currently $4,250.

The new offence only relates to the length of the vessel and makes no reference to storage capacity. In 2012 and early 2013, the Federal Environment Minister made declarations banning the use of vessels greater than 130m in length and with an on-board storage capacity exceeding 2,000t in the Small Pelagic Fishery. Both bans have now expired.


Coalition to legislate to cap water buybacks in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Federal Environment Minister, Hon Greg Hunt MP, has announced the Coalition’s intention to bring forward legislation to cap environmental water buybacks at 1,500 gigalitres as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The decision is a step towards fulfilling a 2011 election promise.

The announcement has received mixed responses. Some irrigators and farmers have welcomed the move, whereas others are concerned that it could reduce the value or water and provide less long-term financial security for farmers.


South Australia

Planning reform response released

The South Australian Government has released its response to the final report of the Expert Panel on Planning Reform. The response makes it clear that a new Bill proposing legislation to replace the Development Act 1993 and the Urban Renewal Act 1995 (as well as, potentially, numerous other Acts) will be introduced in July 2015 with consultation to be conducted in August 2015. To read the response, click here.

The Development (Assessment) Amendment Bill 2015 has been introduced into Parliament and is currently before the House of Assembly for consideration and debate. This Bill purports to overcome a long line of case law authorities in South Australia which require land division applications to be approved and new titles to be issued for land before dwellings can be approved.


Western Australia

New Development Assessment Panel thresholds

From 1 May 2015, amendments to the Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Regulations 2011 increase the threshold above which proposals must be referred to a Development Assessment Panel to $10M (or, if the proposed development is situated in Perth, $20M). Developers proposing projects valued between $2M and the mandatory threshold may still elect to have their proposal assessed by a DAP rather than the local government.

For more information, click here.


In the Courts


Court rules British government must deliver action plan to deal with air pollution

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously quashed the British government’s plan to reduce air pollutions and ordered the government to prepare more effective plans by the end of 2015. The Court ruled that the government must take significant steps to address diesel vehicles emissions, including introducing low emission zones, congestion charges, vehicle standards and other economic measures to mitigate emissions.

For more information on this case, click here.


New South Wales

Suspension of Metgasco’s Bentley licence invalid

The NSW Supreme Court has ruled that the NSW Energy Minister’s decision, in May 2014, to suspend an exploration licence allowing drilling in Northern NSW was unlawful.

The conditions of the licence awarded to Metgasco required the company to undertake “genuine and effective consultation with the community”. Justice Button held that the decision to suspend the licence on the basis that this condition had been breached was invalid, because:

  • the adequacy of Metgasco's community consultation was not a valid ground for suspending its licence to explore for coal seam gas. Only a breach of conditions relating to environmental management justified suspension under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991

  • the government had taken an irrelevant consideration into account in determining that the consultation was “ineffective” because it failed to sway opponents. His Honour held that it was necessary to look at the consultation process, rather than the outcome of the consultation.

To read the judgment in Metgasco Limited v Minister for Resources and Energy [2015] NSWSC 453, click here.


Site contamination a relevant factor in valuation.

The Land and Environment Court has ruled that the level of contamination at a site must be considered by the Valuer-General when calculating the site value for the purpose of imposing rates. Challenger Listed Investments had challenged a valuation notice, alleged that it overestimated the value of the site by ignoring historic contamination.

To read the judgment in Challenger Listed Investments Limited v Valuer General (No 2) [2015] NSWLEC 60, click here.



Carmichael Coal Mine Objection

Proceedings in the Queensland Land Court relating to objection by Land Services for Coast and Country to the Adani Carmichael mine, potentially Australia’s largest coal mine, have concluded. The case examined issues concerning the climate impacts of the mine, impacts on water quality and threatened species habitat, as well as questioning projections regarding the economic impacts of the project.

For more information regarding the objections, click here.


Proceedings commence in review of Alpha Coal Mine decision

Conservation group Coast and Country has commenced judicial review proceedings against the Land Court’s decision to conditionally recommend that the Alpha Coal mine be approved. In April 2014, the Land Court noted the mine, as proposed, would have unacceptable impacts on groundwater resources and recommended that the mine be rejected outright or approved only subject to water conditions which required a precautionary approach.

Coast and Country will argue that the Land Court should have recommended outright refusal, given its conclusions regarding groundwater impacts. To find out more about the case, click here.


Policy developments and other news


Japan’s new whaling program in the Southern Ocean rejected by IWC expert panel.

On 13 April 2015, an independent expert panel convened by the International Whaling Commission released a Report rejecting a proposal by Japan to resume ‘scientific’ whaling in the Southern Ocean.

In November 2014, Japan submitted a new proposal to the Scientific Committee for a whaling programme to commence in the Southern Ocean in the 2015/16 summer. The program sought to take 330 minke whales annually over 12 years. The expert panel found that Japan failed to provide enough information to determine whether killing that volume of minke whales achieved established research objectives (population surveys and understanding the Antarctic marine ecosystem).

The decision follows the resolution passed by the IWC in September 2014, giving the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee a greater role in issuing scientific permits. This was in response to the International Court of Justice’s judgment that Japan’s previous program in the Southern Ocean, JARPA II, was not for scientific purposes.

The Report will go before the IWC full scientific committee in May 2015.



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, took place on 15 and 16 April 2015.

A total of 107 Carbon Abatement Contracts were awarded to deliver a total of 47,333,140 tonnes of carbon abatement. According to the Climate Energy Regulator, the total value of contracts awarded was $660,471,500 with the average price per tonne of abatement being $13.95.

The Carbon Abatement Contracts were awarded to 43 contractors covering 144 projects. The majority applied under sequestration methods, and landfill and alternative waste treatment methods. For a full list of awarded contracts and a summary of the auction results, visit the Clean Energy Regulator website.

A good overview of the outcomes is also available here.


Reports support strong action on climate change

Government consultations regarding Australia’s post-2020 emission reduction targets closed in late April. A number of recent reports have provided support for strong targets, including:

To read NELA’s submission on the post-2020 targets, click here.


Energy White Paper 2015 released

The Federal government has released its Energy White Paper which calls for a 40% boost in energy productivity by 2030. This Paper is on increasing competition, energy productivity and investment to deliver reliable and cost competitive energy to households and business. The paper argues that competition between electricity suppliers has been stifled by state government ownership of assets, and privatisation would encourage greater competition and innovation and deliver energy at the lower cost.

The Paper has been criticised for not fully considering the influence of climate change on the energy sector.


Threatened Species Summit

The Commonwealth government has announced that the first national Threatened Species Summit will be held on 16 June 2015. The summit will be chaired by the Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews.

The summit will bring together State and Territory Ministers, relevant business leaders, scientific and conservation management experts, non-government organisations and others involved in threatened species conservation. It will aim to explore solutions and promote practical and effective ways of tackling the threats to Australia’s animals and plants. Speakers will range from local communities and scientists in the field to business people and government representatives. 

Members of the public will be able to view the summit via a live webcast. For more information, click here.


Leadbeter’s possum listing upgraded

Federal Environment Minister, Hon Greg Hunt MP, has agreed to list the Leadbeter’s possum as critically endangered under the EPBC Act. A revised recovery plan will be prepared to reflect the increased vulnerability of the species.


New South Wales

New planning rules to be considered for caravans and kit home.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is commencing public consultations seeking feedback on ways to simplify planning rules relating to caravan parks and manufactured homes.

Details of the review, preparation of a Discussion Paper and opportunities for public feedback will be released in coming months. For more information, click here.


Land conservation bank accepted

A concept plan by Illawarra Coal to allow a large bank of conservation land to be protected to make up for future impacts of mining at the Dendrobium and Bulli Seam coal mines has been approved by the Department of Planning and Environment. The project will require Illawarra Coal to set aside a large area of land prior to commencing mining, and allow the company to use that land as a “bank” to draw on to compensate for future offsets.

For more information regarding the proposal, and the Department’s assessment of the proposal, click here


NSW Police fined $100,000 for improper disposal of waste

The NSW Police will contribute $100,000 under an enforceable undertaking with the Environmental Protection Agency after disposing of waste (including evidence such as hazardous chemicals and seized drugs) at the wrong waste facilities.

NSW Police will contribute $100,000 to the Environmental Trust to assist in developing projects that address environmental legacies such as hazardous chemical incidents and contaminated soils.

For more information, click here


Northern Territory

Action plans to be developed for NT heritage sites

The NT Government has committed $6.1 million over three years for the development and implementation of a Northern Territory Heritage Enhancement Action Plan, including infrastructure upgrades, digital initiatives, funding support for works on private heritage places and improved museum facilities.

For more information, click here.


Aboriginal Art Auction to save EDO NT

As a result of Commonwealth funding cuts, EDO NT is at risk of imminent closure. EDO NT is the only expert non-government source of environmental law advice in the N.T for clients, including farmers and Indigenous groups, who struggle to match the resources of miners and developers.

To help keep the service open, EDO NT is running an auction with over 35 Aboriginal artworks, donated by art centres and artists including Jacky Green, Nancy McDinny and Stuart Hoosan.

The auction will be launched at the Outstation Gallery, Parap on 10 May 2015 with bidding then open until 3 June 2015. The auction will culminate in a cocktail event at Gilbert + Tobin’s Sydney office on 3 June 2015.

To find out more about the auction and check out a sample of the great artwork, click here.



Queensland government to explore biofuel opportunities

On 23 April 2015, the Queensland government announced plans to prepare a Discussion Paper regarding the potential for expanding the State’s biofuel and bio-manufacturing sectors. The government plans to require oil companies to make an ethanol blend available, as part of efforts to “steer the state towards a sustainable energy future”.

Environment Minister, Dr Steven Miles, stated that the discussion paper would complement the government’s commitment to a renewable energy study investigating a 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

The Discussion Paper is expected to be released in late May, followed by a Bill to be introduced into State Parliament to give effect to the proposals in the paper.

For more information, click here.


South Australia

South Australia signs Climate Compact

South Australia has signed on to the international Compact of States and Regions, an agreement monitoring global greenhouse gas reduction targets. Established at the 2014 New York Climate Summit, the Compact represents a commitment by state and regional governments to provide an annual assessment of their emission reduction commitments and progress towards those commitments.

South Australia has committed to a 60% reduction on 1990 levels by 2050. Assessments indicate emissions are currently 10% below 1990 levels.

For more information regarding the Compact of States and Regions, click here.



Report critiques performance of Tasmanian RFA

A new report prepared by EDO Tasmania, “State forests, national interests”, provides a critical analysis of Tasmania’s forest practices laws and the RFA exemption under the EPBC Act. The report has been prepared as part of the current review of the Tasmanian RFA (see Open for Comment, below).

The report concludes that the legal framework for the assessment, approval and enforcement of logging activities in Tasmania is not providing adequate protection to matters of national environmental significance under the EPBC Act. The report makes a series of recommendations to improve the operation of the regulation of forest practices.

Click here to read the report.


Western Australia

Blueprint for Marine Science released

Premier and Science Minister, Hon Colin Barnett MP, released the Blueprint for Marine Science 2050, identifying over 100 areas where new information will be needed to improve the productivity of WA’s marine industries and enhance protection of the marine environment.

The strategy was developed collaboratively by industry, government and the research sector, highlighting key programmes underpinning marine science and sector activities and decision-making on issues such as decommissioning offshore infrastructure.

For more information, click here


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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) Advanced biofuels – commercial status and prospects

Breakfast briefing featuring bio-economy consultant, Dr Paul Bryan, and editor of BioFuels Digest, Jim Lane. The forum is hosted by Bioenergy Australia

When: 13 May 2015, 7:45am

Where: NSW Trade and Investment, Level 47, MLC Centre, Martin Place

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—2:30pm

Where: Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law


(St Helens) Ecological restoration symposium

North East Bioregional Network will host an ‘Ecological Restoration Symposium: Recovering Landscapes and a sense of place’ symposium, featuring a range of speakers on restoration efforts and legal requirements for rehabilitation.

When: 9.30am, 23 May 2015

Where: Tidal Waters Resort, St Helens

For more information, click here


Leaf(Sydney) Fiona Wain Oration

The annual Fiona Wain Oration, hosted by Sustainable Business Australia, will be delivered by Climate Council chief executive, Amanda McKenzie. This is a free event

When: 26 May 2015, 4:30pm

Where: Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW

To register, click here.


(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


(Sydney) EDO NSW 30th Anniversary Dinner

EDO NSW is celebrating 30 years of providing access to justice in environmental law with a dinner featuring Chief Justice of the High Court, Robert French QC.

When: 25 June 2015

Where:  Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

For more information, click here.


(Sydney) Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

The 16th annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation provides an opportunity to discuss the principles and practices of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments relevant for greening the economy and more sustainable development.

When:  23 – 26 September 2015

Where:  UTS, Sydney

For more information, click here.


(Sydney) Annual LAWASIA conference

The 28th annual LAWASIA conference focusses on the theme of Cross-Border Law and Practice in the Asia Pacific. A session will be dedicated to Environment and Resources, examining the role of legislation, the legal profession and the courts in balancing environmental and economic concerns, particularly in light of the aspirations of investors in the energy sector.

When: 6-9 November 2015

Where: Sydney

Expressions of interest in speaking at this event should be sent to magda.imre@lawasia.asn.au by 29 May 2015.

For more information, click here


(Hobart) Indigenous Peoples and Saltwater / Freshwater governance for a sustainable future

The University of Tasmania and the Australian National University are convening a workshop to bring together scholars and community practitioners to discuss the environmental governance of marine and freshwater areas by and from the perspective of Indigenous peoples.

When: 11-12 February 2016

Where: University of Tasmania, Hobart

The organisers are calling for presenters and participants. For more information, click here.


(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


Condition setting under assessment bilateral agreements

The Australian Government has developed a draft Conditions Policy to improve the efficiency of assessment bilateral agreements. The draft Conditions Policy seeks to minimise unnecessary duplication between State and Territory and Commonwealth conditions on environmental approvals. The draft Conditions Policy will initially support the operation of the NSW revised assessment bilateral agreement. Public consultation on the policy will help to inform the finalisation and its possible extension to other willing States and Territories.

Proponents of a project that is currently being assessed under the NSW assessment bilateral agreement will not need to take any additional action. The project will transition automatically to being assessed under the NSW revised assessment bilateral agreement.

Submissions regarding the draft Conditions Policy can be made until 15 May 2015. For more information, click here


Tax concessions for environmental charities to be reviewed

The House of Representatives Environment Committee will conduct an inquiry into the “administration, transparency and effectiveness of the Register of Environmental Organisations in supporting practical action to improve the environment”. At present, around 600 environmental organisations are listed in the Register, enabling them to offer tax-deductibility for donations in support of their work.

The inquiry follows a motion endorsed at the Liberal Party conference in 2014 to remove charitable status from environmental organisations engaging in advocacy activities.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 21 May 2015. For more information, click here.


Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015

The Senate Environment and Communications Committee is holding an inquiry into the Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 proposed by Greens Senator, Larissa Waters.

The Bill proposes to:

  • give landholders the right to refuse gas and coal mining activities on their land; and

  • ban fracking operations.

Submissions regarding the Bill can be made until 29 May 2015. For more information, click here.


12 month review of NOPSEMA

An independent review has commenced of the first year of operation of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) which now regulates offshore oil and gas projects. Environmental Resources Management Australia has been appointed to undertake the review.

The review will assess the performance of the NOPSEMA Program against its objectives, including ensuring that impacts on matters of national environmental significance are not unacceptable. A component of the review will be to conduct interviews to gather feedback from titleholders, environment non-government organisations, various community representatives and other relevant stakeholders. The review is due to be completed by 31 July 2015.

For more information, or to express interest in participating in an interview, visit the NOPSEMA website


New South Wales

Review of Energy Savings Scheme

The Draft Statutory Review Report into the Energy Savings Scheme has been released. The Energy Savings Scheme has operated since 2009, creating financial incentives to adopt energy savings by requiring energy retailers and large energy users to purchase energy saving certificates annually. A review of the scheme was announced in November 2014, including a proposal to expand its application to gas efficiency measures.

Comments on the Draft Review can be made until 18 May 2015. For more information, click here.


Landfill guidelines

The draft second edition of the Environmental Guidelines: Solid Waste Landfills has been released for public comment. The revised edition has been updated to reflect legislative changes and new technologies and provide more detailed guidance on a range of issues.

Submissions on the draft Guidelines can be made until 30 June 2015. For more information, click here.


Northern Territory

Draft Joint Management Plans for Central Australian parks

Draft Joint Management Plans have been developed for the following Central Australian parks and reserves:

  • Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park

  • Napwerte / Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve; and

  • Yeperenye / Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

The draft plans seeks to protect rock carvings, promote tourism opportunities and enable Traditional Owners to continue to fulfil their cultural obligations and responsibilities for the land.

Comments on the draft plans can be made until 15 May 2015. For more information about the draft plans, click here.


South Australia

Draft Waste Strategy Issued

Zero Waste SA has released a Consultation Draft of its Waste Strategy 2015-2020. The Paper recognises South Australians’ commitment to the environment, waste reduction and recycling and promotes innovation and efficiencies to achieve greater waste reduction into the future.

Submissions on the consultation draft must be lodged with Zero Waste SA by 11 May 2015.



Forest Practices Code amendments

The Forest Practices Authority has released draft amendments to the Forest Practices Code for public comment. Proposed amendments include

  • Adding a 'Guiding Policy' to guide implementation of the Code (including reference to a range of planning tools developed to assess and protect natural and cultural values); and

  • Updating references to organisations and documents

Submissions on the proposed amendments can be made until 15 May 2015. For more information, click here


Review of Tasmanian Regional Forestry Agreement

The Tasmanian and Commonwealth governments have commenced a review of the Tasmanian Regional Forests Agreement. The review will be chaired by Dr Glen Kile, who is expected to deliver recommendations to the Federal parliament by late 2015.

The review, the third under the current RFA, was due in 2012 but was delayed following negotiations in respect of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement. The current RFA is due to expire in 2017. The State and Federal governments have made clear that the review is being conducted in the context of a commitment to "negotiate an extended agreement and establish a 20-year rolling life for the RFA." 

Comments on the RFA review can be sent to the Tasmanian Department of State Growth by 29 May 2015. For more information, click here.


Inquiry into the sustainability, impacts and regulation of Tasmania's fish farms

The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee is holding an inquiry focussing on the regulation of the fin-fish marine farming industry in Tasmania.

Submissions can be made until 1 June 2015. For more information, click here.


Western Australia

Perth and Peel Plans released

With the population of Perth and Peel expected to reach 3.5 million by 2050, the government has developed draft plans to define the future shape of Perth and Peel and help create a compact, liveable city.

The Perth and Peel @ 3.5million plan identifies potential residential and commercial precincts to accommodate the 3.5 million people who will live in the metropolitan area by 2050.

Comments on the draft Plan can be made until 31 July 2015. For more information, click here.


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Assistance for WA Coastal Management Planning

The Western Australian Planning Commission’s 2015/16 Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program is now open. Applications are invited from coastal land managers for up to $50,000 to assist with the development of strategies, management plans and hazard risk assessments for coastal areas under pressure from a variety of challenges.

Applications close on 30 June 2015. Draft applications can be submitted for review until 18 May 2015. For more information, click here.



Victorian Sustainability Awards

Victorians who have demonstrated leadership in environmental sustainability are encouraged to enter this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards and share their work. The awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and practical community action.

The categories for this year’s awards are:

  • Built Environment Award

  • Community Award

  • Education Award

  • Environmental Protection Award

  • Government Award

  • Innovative Products or Services Award

  • Large Business Award

  • Small and Medium Enterprises Award

  • Health Award

  • Environmental Justice

  • Premier's Regional Recognition Award

  • Premier's Recognition Award

Entries close on 13 June 2015. For more information, click here.


Administrative law essay competition – entries close soon!

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.


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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:


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