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February 2016

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NELA news and events
01. NELA Conference papers
02. Legalwise environmental law seminars – chance to win a free registration
03. Contributors wanted

Law and policy developments
04. In the Legislature
05. In the courts
06. Policy developments and other news
07. Open for comment
08. Resources
09. Opportunities

10. (National) What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law?
11. (Sydney) Conference: The Legal Implications of the Paris Agreement
12. (Hobart) Indigenous Peoples and Saltwater / Freshwater governance for a sustainable future
13. (Sydney) COP21: A Global Agreement – analysis and first-hand reports
14. (Brisbane) Environmental Law: Updates and Developments
15. (Sydney) 2016 Mahla Pearlman Oration
16. (Sydney) Environmental and Planning: Legislative Reform and Case Law Update
17. (Melbourne) Environmental and Planning Law: Reforms and Updates
18. (Hawaii) 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress


NELA news and events


NELA Conference papers

Miss the excellent NELA conference 2015, or just want to revisit some of the presentations? Visit our website to download the conference papers.


Legalwise environmental law seminars – chance to win a free registration

As part of our ongoing partnership with Legalwise, NELA is excited to be able to offer our members a few complimentary registrations to some fantastic upcoming environmental law seminars. Check out the details in "Events" below and be quick for your chance to attend these events for free!


Contributors wanted

The NELA Bulletin team is looking for additional contributors, particularly from WA, NT and Victoria. Each month, contributors prepare brief summaries of cases and changes to laws and policies for their State or Territory to be included in the Bulletin.

If you are able to provide summaries (even if irregularly), or would like more information about becoming a contributor, please contact Jess Feehely at review@nela.org.au


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Law and policy development

In the Legislature


Report of the Independent Review of the Water Act 2007

In December 2015, the Federal Government released its report on the Independent Review of the Water Act 2007. The review, which was undertaken by an independent expert panel, makes 23 recommendations and 30 conclusions on issues including the Murray Darling Basin Plan reform progress, water charges and water information, ‘red tape’, and future reviews of the Act and Basin Plan.

For more information, click here.



Nature Conservation Act amendment proposed

The Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 was introduced to Parliament in late 2015. The object of this Bill is to reverse changes made to the legislation during the tenure of the former government. Key changes include:

  • Reinstating the conservation of nature as the object of the Act;

  • Reinstating public consultation processes for amendment of management plans for various protected areas; and

  • Reintroducing the national park (scientific), conservation park and resources reserve classes of protected areas.

The Bill has been referred to Committee but is yet to be debated.


Proposal to phase out sand mining on North Stradbroke Island

The North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015, introduced to Parliament on 3 December 2015, seeks to phase out sand mining on the Island by 2019. This will reinstate the original target set by Labor, which was pushed back to 2035 by the Newman government.

The Bill is yet to be scheduled for debate.


South Australia

Local Nuisance and Litter Control Bill 2015

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Bill 2015 was introduced into the Legislative Council on 2 December 2015. This Bill purports to make councils the principal authority responsible for enforcing local environmental nuisance and littering offences, while maintaining the Environment Protection Authority’s existing powers. The expectation is that, once this Bill becomes law, councils will be responsible for dealing with all localised and small-scale environmental nuisance and littering offences.


Water Quality Policy commences

South Australia’s new Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2015 took effect on 1 January 2016. The policy sets outs a range of offences relating to discharge of wastes into waterways.


Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015

Debate on the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 is scheduled to resume in the Legislative Council on 9 February 2016. Debate was suspended prior to Christmas with the majority of clauses yet to be considered, so is likely to take some time to conclude before the amended Bill is sent back to the House of Assembly.

For details regarding the progress of the Bill, click here.



Tasmanian Planning Scheme laws commence

The legislative amendments introduced by the Land Use Planning and Approvals (Tasmanian Planning Scheme) Amendment Act 2015 to facilitate the implementation of the State-wide planning scheme took effect on 17 December 2015.

Details regarding the content and provisions of the Statewide Planning Scheme are expected to be released for public comment early this year with the aim of having the Scheme 'up and running' by 2017.

For more information, read the amending Act here.


Changes to the Wildlife Regulations

On 20 January 2016, a series of amendments to the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010 took effect. The amendments add or remove various species from the protection lists set out in the Schedules to the Regulations. The changes are designed to:

  • strengthen biosecurity by prohibiting or restricting importation of high-risk species;

  • remove threatened mainland species not found in Tasmania;

  • reallocate species between lists to better reflect their listing status under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 and to be more consistent with national listing criteria.

For a full list of the changes, click here.


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In the Courts


Keystone refusal challenged

In November 2015, President Obama declined to issue a permit for the controversial Keystone pipeline, which would have run from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries at the Gulf of Mexico.

In early January 2016, the proponent of that proposal, TransCanada, filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn that decision on the basis that the President exceeded his constitutional powers and his decision was not supported by evidence. Significantly, TransCanada also filed a notice of intent to challenge the rejection under the Investor State Dispute Settlement clauses of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Similar ISDS provisions are included in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement entered into between the US, Australia and many other nations late last year.

For more information about the Keystone challenge and its implications for disputes under the TPP, click here.



NOPSEMA ordered to release documents re exploration

In 2015, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) made an FOI request to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for various documents about seismic exploration activities in whale feeding grounds near Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

NOPSEMA, the Federal agency now wholly responsible for the regulation of offshore gas and oil projects, refused to release the material. IFAW appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, arguing the information was important to allow the public to ensure that Bight Petroleum is meeting its legal obligations and that NOPSEMA is fulfilling its public functions.

On 13 January 2016, the Tribunal ordered NOPSEMA to release key documents, highlighting that transparency and accountability in decision-making is vital to the proper administration of environmental laws.

For details of the case, click here.



Land Court delivers recommendations on Carmichael mine

The Land Court delivered its recommendation regarding the Carmichael coalmine, one of the largest mines in the world, on 15 December 2015. The Carmichael mine case raised numerous environmental issues, including impacts to the Doongmanbulla Springs aquifer and threatened species like the black-throated finch, and the mine’s contribution to climate change. The objectors also questioned the economic feasibility of the project.

The Court rejected the climate change arguments, referring to its earlier recommendations in Xstrata Coal Queensland Pty Ltd & Ors v. Friends of the Earth - Brisbane Co-Op Ltd & Ors, and Department of Environment and Resource Management [2012] QLC 013 and Hancock Coal Pty Ltd v Kelly & Ors and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (No. 4) [2014] QLC 12.

The ultimate recommendation of the Court was that the project be approved, although subject to some conditions aimed at environmental protection, including conditions related to the black-throated finch. Prior to the litigation, it was believed that the mine site was one of only three habitats for the black-throated finch nationally, with the largest habitat being, in Townsville. However, during the course of research related to the trial, it was discovered that the largest and most significant habitat is now in fact the proposed mine site. President MacDonald accepted this scientific finding, and concluded that there will be serious or irreversible environmental damage to the black-throated finch habitat, thereby necessitating preventative measures.

To read Adani Mining Pty Ltd v Land Services of Coast and Country Inc & Ors [2015] QLC 48, click here.

Editor’s note: On 3 February 2016, the Queensland government granted an environmental authority for the mine. For more information, click here.


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Policy developments and other news


Paris climate conference

At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015, 195 countries adopted an agreement setting out a global action plan to put the world on track to limit global warming to "well below 2°C". For an overview of the Agreement, read Emily Gerrard and Andrew Mansour’s article in the latest Australian Environmental Law Digest.

The UNFCCC has released a formal report (in English) detailing the discussions and outcomes of the Paris Climate Conference. In order to bring the agreement into effect, the following steps must be taken:

  • Reports prepared in all official UN languages (expected to occur by end of February 2016)

  • Signing ceremony to be held in New York on 22 April 2016

  • At least 55 countries sign the agreement and submit national instruments of ratification. These instruments may commit to Nationally Determined Contributions submitted as part of the Conference (for Australia, this is 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030), or may be more ambitious.

The Agreement will take effect within 30 days of ratification by at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. The Agreement is intended to be in force by 2020.

During the Paris Climate Change Conference, several Australian Government announcements were made, including:

  • the establishment of an International Partnership for Blue Carbon

  • the release of the National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy (see below)

  • $1.2 million allocated for Coral Triangle Initiative grants

  • $58 in funding million over four years from the Reef Trust to build the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef

  • at least $1 billion to build climate change resilience and reduce emissions in developing countries over the next five years.

For further information on Australia’s participation at COP21, click here.



Species added to Threatened Species Strategy

The Federal Government has added 16 more threatened mammal and bird species to the Threatened Species Strategy, as part of its "20 by 2020" policy. The announcement follows the Threatened Species Commissioner’s second progress report on the Strategy.

The Strategy sets out an action plan for selected species over a five year period, from 2015 to 2020. Newly added species include the Swift Parrot, eastern quoll, cassowary and mahogany glider.

To find out more about the Strategy, click here.


Further Suspension for Factory Trawler

Following the death of seven albatrosses during its most recent voyage, the factory freezer trawler operated by Seafish Tasmania, the Geelong Star, was directed to cease fishing operations until appropriate mitigation measures are implemented.

The trawler’s operations were also suspended for a period last year after nine dolphins and four seals were killed during its first two fishing expeditions.

Following investigation by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the Geelong Star was required to install streamers on nets and cables to deter birds and authorised to resume trawling operations.

Click here to see the AFMA’s media release.

A Senate Committee is currently inquiring into the regulation of large trawlers in Australian waters, and is expected to report by 30 April 2016. To read submissions to the inquiry, click here.


National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy

On 2 December 2015, the Australian Government released a National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy. The Strategy sets out how Australia is managing climate risks for the benefit of the community, economy and environment. It identifies a set of principles to guide effective adaptation practice and resilience building, and outlines the Government’s vision for the future.

The Strategy offers examples of leading practice adaptation activities underway in Australia and in the Pacific to limit future vulnerability to climate change.


Australian Heritage Strategy released

The Australian National Heritage Strategy was released in December 2015.

The Strategy considers ways in which Australia’s heritage places can be better identified and managed to ensure their long-term protection. It sets out a framework of actions for achieving this vision through national leadership, strong partnerships and engaged communities.

The Strategy will be reviewed after five years with periodic monitoring, evaluation and updates as required.


Emissions reports

On 24 December 2015, the Federal Environment Minister released the quarterly update on Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts (up to June 2015).

The update estimated Australia’s annual emissions for 2014-15 to be 549.3 Mt CO2-e. This figure is the second lowest emissions level since 2000, with emissions per capita at the lowest levels in 25 years. However, the emissions demonstrate an increase across all sectors other than agriculture since the previous reporting period, including a 3% rise in emissions from electricity generation.

To read the Quarterly Update, click here. To read the government’s 2020 interim emissions projections, click here.

The Australian government also submitted its second Biennial Report under the UNFCCC in December 2015. The Report provides an update of Australia’s progress towards its 2020 target, compiling information about Australia’s emissions, mitigation policies and measures, target progress, and the support provided to developing countries over the 2013-2014 period.

To read the Second Biennial report, click here.


National Principles for Environmental Information released

The Australian Government has released new National Principles for Environmental Information. The Principles are part of the Government’s National Plan for Environmental Information initiative which aims to deliver improved access to high quality information to assist environmental decision-making by the Australian Government.

Jointly led by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Department of the Environment, this initiative is designed to build capacity to monitor, detect and predict change in the environment and maintain this capacity over the long-term.

For more information about the Principles, click here.


Meeting of Environment Ministers

On 15 December 2015, Commonwealth, State and Territory Environment Ministers met to progress environmental issues of national significance. A number of key decisions were made at the meeting, including:

  • endorsement of a National Clean Air Agreement (see below)

  • agreeing to a common assessment method for listing threatened species and ecological communities (the ACT, WA and Victoria have signed up)

  • progressing a voluntary agreement to phase out plastic microbeads in personal hygiene products.

Ministers from Victoria and South Australia were elected as the chairs for the Climate Change Adaptation Working Group and the Climate Change and Energy Working Group respectively.

To read the outcomes statement from the meeting, click here.


New National Clean Air Agreement

At the Meeting of Environment Ministers on 15 December 2015, the National Clean Air Agreement was endorsed. The Agreement focuses on actions to reduce air pollution and improve air quality through cooperative action between industry and government at the national, state and local level. The Agreement is designed to incorporate a range of existing, new and complementary measures to improve Australia’s air quality.

The Agreement's initial work plan will see a range of actions taken over the next two years to address priority issues of concern, including reviewing and strengthening air quality monitoring and reporting standards, targeted measures to reduce emissions from key sources of air pollution, improving access to air quality information for communities, and fostering partnerships with industry.

For further information on the National Clean Air Agreement, click here.

Clean air campaigners have criticised the standards adopted in the Agreement, noting that the standards agreed to be implemented through the NEPM were weaker than those originally proposed by an earlier draft variation. For more information about those concerns, click here.


Carbon Risk Disclosure inquiry announced

On 2 February 2016, the Senate referred an inquiry into carbon risk disclosure, proposed by Greens Senators, to the Senate Economics References Committee. The Committee is to report on its inquiry by 22 June 2016.

Terms of reference and details regarding public submissions will be made available soon. Check the Senate Committee website for updates.



Bushfires devastate World Heritage forests

Approximately 11,000 hectares of native forests within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been destroyed by fires throughout January. Some of the ecosystems destroyed include populations of Australia's only winter-deciduous tree Pencil pine, king billy pine, cushion plants and other protected communities.

Both UNESCO and the Federal Environment Minister have expressed concern regarding the damage to the natural and cultural world heritage values of the areas. UNESCO’s reactive monitoring mission, who visited the property in December 2015, will be reporting on fire management as part of their review of the draft TWWHA Management Plan prior to the 2016 World Heritage Committee meeting.

For details of the fires, click here.


RFA Review report

The third term review of Tasmania’s Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) was publicly released in early December 2015. This review by Dr Glen Kile, which assesses the implementation of the RFA for the period 2007-2012, was tabled in both houses of the Australian Parliament.

The review found that the commitments were largely met and there was no impediment to renewing the RFA, despite stakeholder concerns regarding impacts on threatened species and the viability of Forestry Tasmania’s operations. However, the review makes a number of recommendations for improving transparency, monitoring, research outcomes, cultural heritage protection and threatened species management.

To read the review, click here.


Changes to native vegetation clearing deferred for second time

The Policy for Maintaining a Permanent Native Forest Estate was introduced to implement a commitment in Tasmania’s Regional Forest Agreement to phase our broadscale clearing and retain 95% of Tasmania’s native forest estate. The Policy had provided for further restrictions by reducing the clearing allowed on private property from 40 hectares per year to 20 hectares per five years per property. These new restrictions were to come into effect on 1 January 2015.

In December 2014, the Tasmanian Government announced that the proposed restrictions would be deferred for 12 months to allow the RFA review to be completed. On 21 December 2015, Resources Minister, Paul Harriss MHA, announced that the changes would be deferred for a further 6 months while the RFA review was finalised. Until the review is finalised, the current 40 hectare limit will remain in place.

For more information, see here.


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Open for comment


Regulation of agriculture

The Productivity Commission is undertaking a public inquiry into the impact of regulation on productivity and competitiveness of the Australian agricultural sector. Amongst other things, the review will consider the impact of environmental and planning laws, including the regulation of vegetation clearance and agricultural spraying.

The Productivity Commission is expected to release a draft report in May 2016.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 12 February 2016. For more information, click here.


Draft National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Regulation 2016

New measures have been proposed to clarify and streamline reporting requirements under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 and associated regulations. The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Regulation 2016:

  • makes minor technical amendments to clarify and streamline reporting requirements in relation to scope 1 emissions and electricity production; and

  • amends requirements in relation the registration, deregistration and suspension of greenhouse and energy auditors.

Comments on the draft amendment can be made until 19 February 2016. For more information, click here.


Shortlisted sites for radioactive waste storage

Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has released a shortlist of six proposed sites for a national storage facility for low and intermediate-level radioactive waste: three in South Australia, one in Queensland, one in NSW and one in the Northern Territory.

Comments on the proposed sites are invited until 11 March 2016. For details of the proposed sites, click here.


Selection committee on unconventional gas mining

In late 2015, the Senate established a Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining, tasked with making an inquiry into the adequacy of Australia’s legislative, regulatory and policy framework for unconventional gas mining including coal seam gas and shale gas mining. The committee’s final report to Senate will be provided on or before 30 June 2016.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 14 March 2016. For more information, click here.


Rabbit control plan

The Threatened Species Commissioner has released a draft revised Threat Abatement Plan for Competition and Land Degradation by Rabbits. The plan looks at strategies to manage the impact of rabbits on threatened fauna and flora, farm productivity and landscapes. Suggestions include investigating new long-term biocontrols to combat growing resistance to rabbit calicivirus disease.

Comments on the draft plan can be made until 16 March 2016. To find out more, click here.


New South Wales

Community thoughts on planned threatened species

The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage is currently seeking comments on its latest draft conservation project plans. Following this the strategies will be finalised and added to the Saving our Species policies that are used in guiding conservation action across NSW.

Submissions can be made (online, by email or by mail) until 8 February 2016. For more information, click here.


Coastal Management Reforms

The NSW Government has released a package of coastal management reforms designed to establish a "modern, integrated framework that is fit for purpose for our unique environmental, social and economic coastal values."

Comments on the reform package can be made until 29 February 2016. For more information, click here.


Review of the Local Government Act

The NSW Government has released the first stage of proposed amendments to the Local Government Act, with the goal of building on the preliminary work already undertaken by the Local Government Acts Taskforce and the Independent Local Government Review Panel. The proposed reform aims to strengthen the Integrated Planning and Reporting system, remove red tape, simplify reporting and increase accountability to the community, amongst other goals.

Submissions can be made until 15 March 2016. For more information, click here.



Draft Climate Action Plan released

The Tasmanian government has released a draft climate action plan, Embracing the Climate Challenge 2016-2021. The plan outlines a framework for action over the next 5 years to capitalise on Tasmania’s renewable energy advantage and climate research expertise.

The government is seeking feedback on priorities, the targets Tasmania should adopt, the best ways for Tasmania to contribute to efforts to combat climate change and any changes to the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 needed to facilitate emissions reductions.

Comments on the draft plan can be made until 25 March 2016. For more information, click here.



Point Nepean Master Plan

The Victorian Government has released a discussion paper outlining future plans for the Point Nepean National Park, a site of significant heritage and cultural values.

Comments on the master plan will be accepted until the end of March 2016. For more information, click here.


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A New Way to Monitor Air Quality

Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, has launched "EPA AirWatch", an interactive map that allows Victorians to monitor and understand air quality readings from around the state. Users of the map are also able to obtain health advice on days when the readings are particularly high. The Victorian Government has also recently upgraded their rapid response air monitoring equipment, boosting their ability to monitor air quality during state-wide emergencies such as bushfires.

For more information, click here. For access to AirWatch, click here.


Data on significant species updated

Version 3 of the Species of National Environmental Significance 10km gridded maps and data has been released. The updated product contains over 200 new or revised distributions.

The database contains maps and data on the distribution of species listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

To find out more, click here.


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(London) Project Lead Lawyer with Client Earth

ClientEarth, a London based activist law firm who are 'committed to securing a healthy planet', are searching for a Project Lead Lawyer to strategically improve protection of European wildlife. The role will involve supervision of a team tasked to use legal tools and arguments in matters relating to the implementation, enforcement and protection of European biodiversity. At least 4 years’ relevant practising experience is essential.

Applications close 7 February 2016. For more information, click here.


(Washington, USA) Environmental Law Staff Attorney

The Environmental Law Institute, a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Washington D.C, is currently looking for a full time Environmental Law Staff Attorney. The ELI is a leading centre in environmental law research, policy, analysis, scholarship, and training.

Applications close 15 February 2016. For more information, click here.


(Sydney) EDO NSW seeks Operations Manager

EDO NSW is looking for an Operations Manager to join our Management Team. This is a broad ranging full-time role and would suit someone with Manager or Coordinator experience in an NGO or Community Legal Centre.

The Operations Manager is responsible for the effective management of the operational aspects of EDO NSW, including governance, management of finances, administration and human resources.

Applications close 15 February 2016. For more information, click here.



Masters of Environmental Governance

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is offering an interdisciplinary Masters of Environmental Governance (Oceans, Polar and Climate), a 12 month course commencing in July 2016. The program is a collaborative initiative of the UTAS Faculty of Law, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Australian Maritime College. A number of preeminent experts in their field will offering courses as part of the Masters program including Prof Ben Richardson, NELA President, Prof Jan McDonald, and Dr Julia Jabour.

Students or professionals with experience in marine science, law, public policy, political science and environmental studies are encouraged to apply.

For more information about this course, see 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!


(National) What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law?

Presented by the Animal Law Institute, this national panel series features US academic, Prof. Randall S. Abate and environmental and animal law experts from across Australia to discuss how lessons shared between these two disciplines.

  • Gold Coast – Bond University, 5 February 2016, 6:30pm

  • Sydney – Macquarie University, 8 February 2016, 6:30pm

  • Melbourne – University of Melbourne, 9 February 2016, 6:30pm

  • Hobart – University of Tasmania, 10 February 2016, 6:30pm

For more information, click here.


(Sydney) Conference: The Legal Implications of the Paris Agreement

This Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law conference will explore the implications of the Paris Climate Agreement under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

The conference will showcase three keynote speakers: Professor Richard Stewart (NYU School of Law); Professor Jonathan Verschuuren (Tilburg Law School); and Advocate Mr Roger Cox who mounted the litigation in Urgenda Foundation v The State of the Netherlands.

When: 11 February 2016, 9am - 3pm
Where: Sydney Law School, New Law Building (F10), University of Sydney

For more information, click here.


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

The University of Tasmania (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) and the Australian National University (ANU College of Law) 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.

Where: University of Tasmania, Hobart

When: 11 - 12 February 2016

For more information, click here.


(Sydney) COP21: A Global Agreement – analysis and first-hand reports

Join Acting Ambassador for the Environment, Mr Geoff Tooth, ecologist and Distinguished Professor, Lesley Hughes and leading climate lawyer, Mr Martijn Wilder AM for an analysis of how the Paris Agreement measures up to the challenge of global warming.

When: 16 February 2016, 5:15pm – 7:15pm
Where: Sydney Law School, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

For more information, click here.


Leaf (Brisbane) Environmental Law: Updates and Developments

This Legalwise seminar provides expert insights into what’s been happening in environmental regulation, and what’s in store for 2016 in Queensland. Featuring presentations on Federal regulation, contaminated land reforms, planning to avoid environmental hazards and offsetting regimes, this is a not to be missed event.

When: 10 March 2016, 9:00am – 1:15pm
Where: Mercure Hotel, North Quay, Brisbane

For more details, click here.

NELA is excited to be able to offer one free registration to this event to the first NELA member who contacts review@nela.org.au with the answer to the following question: Who was premier of Queensland when the EPBC Act commenced?


(Sydney) 2016 Mahla Pearlman Oration

Professor Jacqueline Peel (University of Melbourne) will deliver the prestigious oration, speaking on the topic "Addressing Climate Injustice: Human Rights and Climate Change in the Courts".

When: 10 March 2016, 5pm

Where: Courtroom 1, Commonwealth Law Courts Building, Sydney

For more information, click here.


Leaf (Sydney) Environmental and Planning: Legislative Reform and Case Law Update

This Legalwise seminar provides expert insights into what’s been happening in environmental regulation, and what’s in store for 2016 in NSW. Featuring presentations on Federal regulation, the new environmental prosecution regime, mining policy reform, recent significant cases and the DPE’s outlook for the year, this is a not to be missed event.

When: 17 March 2016, 9:00am – 1:15pm
Where: UNSW CBD Campus, Sydney

For more details, click here.

NELA is excited to be able to offer one free registration to this event to the first NELA member who contacts review@nela.org.au with the answer to the following question: Who was premier of NSW when the EPBC Act commenced?


Leaf (Melbourne) Environmental and Planning Law: Reforms and Updates

This Legalwise seminar provides expert insights into what’s been happening in environmental regulation, and what’s in store for 2016 in Victoria. Featuring presentations on Federal regulation, the EPA review, hitting refresh of Plan Melbourne and recent major environmental and planning law cases, this is a not to be missed event.

When: 22 March 2016, 9:00am – 1:15pm
Where: Intercontinental Melbourne, The Rialto, Melbourne

For more details, click here.

NELA is excited to be able to offer one free registration to this event to the first NELA member who contacts review@nela.org.au with the answer to the following question: Who was premier of Victoria when the EPBC Act commenced?


Leaf(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 – 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.


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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