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July 2016

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This month

NELA news and events
01. NELA Conference – save the date!
02. WA State Conference
03. NELA Policy Interest Groups
04. Membership

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

10. (Canberra) EIANZ Contaminated Land forum
11. (Sydney) BioBanking - History & Future
12. (Geelong) Sustainable Population and Climate Change
13. (Melbourne) Sustainability in Public Works
14. (Melbourne) Coast to Coast 2016
15. (Hawaii) 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress
16. (Nelson) Outstanding! RMLA Conference 2016
17. (Brisbane) Life of Mine 2016
18. (Brisbane) The future of Australian Environmental Law: Politics, Reform and Community Activism
19. (Perth) 2016 NELA WA State Conference
20. (Melbourne) 2016 NELA National Conference
21. (Monteal) Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change


NELA news and events


NELA Conference – save the date!

National Conference

This year’s NELA National Conference will be held in Melbourne on 18 November 2016.

We are aiming to bring together a range of experts to discuss current issues in Environmental and Climate Change Law, with sessions addressing Federal environmental priorities post-election compliance activities and the role of regulatory agencies, native vegetation laws, strategic assessment processes, effective protection of cultural heritage, and management of contaminated sites.

If you would like to submit an abstract or suggestions for speakers or session topics, please email the conference organising committee at secretariat@nela.org.au by 29 July 2016.


WA State Conference

WA members can look forward to a great State conference on 27 October 2016, Environmental Law: Where are we now, and where are we going? The conference will feature Rob Fowler and David Hochschild (California Energy Commission), as well as the Hon Dr Mike Nahan and Bill Johnston discussing energy policy.

Registrations will be opening soon - save the date and keep an eye on the NELA website for details.


NELA Policy Interest Groups

Our Policy Interest groups are up and running – these groups include Resources & Energy, Environmental Assessment & Compliance, Climate Change, Heritage, Planning, Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Natural Resource Management. All NELA members are welcome to join the groups at any time to help NELA strengthen our capacity on networking, policy development and analysis.

To join the Interest Groups, click here.



NELA is a member-based organisation, and relies on memberships to sustain our activities (both through fees and participation). Members receive our various publications, opportunities to be involved in policy work and discounts on NELA and partner events.

If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2016-2017 yet, please click here to do so.


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Law and policy development

In the Legislature


Minerals and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 passed

On 14 June 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed the Minerals and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016. The Act repeals provisions introduced by the Newman government to restrict objection rights to mining projects. In particular, the Act reinstates public notification and community objections and repeals the Minister’s power to grant mining leases over restricted land prior to compensation being agreed. The Act also clarifies the overlapping tenure framework for coal and coal seam gas.

To read the Bill, click here.


Inquiry into vegetation clearing laws fails to reach consensus

The Queensland Parliament's Agriculture and Environment Committee inquiring into the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 has released its report, failing to reach the consensus needed to recommend that the Bill be passed.

The five unanimous recommendations made by the Committee included opposing the reinstatement of a provision reversing the onus of proof for clearing offences. The provision would allow prosecutors to assume clearing had been carried out by the landowner unless contrary evidence is presented.

The reverse onus of proof provision had been in place until 2013, when it was repealed by the Newman Government. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines argued that reinstating the provision was important for securing prosecutions, however the Queensland Law Society and peak farming bodies argued that reversing the onus of proof was not justified.

The Committee also recommended that further consultation with the property and resource sector was required before expanded offset requirements could be supported.

Other than the limited areas of consensus, the Committee disagreed of most aspects of the Bill. Some members supported efforts to tighten controls on extensive clearing, while others alleged that the Bill was "anti-agriculture, anti-resources and anti-economic development generally."

To read the Committee report, click here.



Government defers broadscale clearing restrictions for third time

Restrictions on broadscale clearing on private land, reducing the maximum volume of clearing per property from 40ha per year to 20ha over 5 years, were intended to come into effect on 1 July 2016. These restrictions were a key commitment under the 2005 Supplementary Regional Forest Agreement, originally intended to take effect on 1 January 2015. In late December 2014, the government announced that the restrictions would be deferred until 1 January 2016. The commencement date was subsequently further deferred until 1 July 2016.

On 30 June 2016, the government released a revised Permanent Native Forest Estate Policy deferring the commencement of restrictions until 1 July 2017. Until that time, the current 40ha limit will continue to apply.

To read the revised Policy and Implementation Guide, click here.


Changes to regulation of marine farms

The Tasmanian Government has announced its intention to make changes to the way that salmon farms are regulated in Tasmania. Key aspects announced to date include:

  1. Responsibility for environmental management will be transferred to the EPA, effective 1 July 2016 (the transfer of responsibility will occur initially by delegation, rather than legislative amendment)

  2. Increasing penalties for breaches (proportionate penalties for management breaches and demerit points for infringements)

  3. Imposing a new industry levy to increase resources available to Government for assessment and monitoring.

On 16 June 2016, the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon Jeremy Rockliff, introduced the Marine Farming Planning Amendment Bill 2016 to provide more enforcement options and higher penalties for breaches of marine farming development plans or lease conditions. Further changes to give effect to the proposed regulatory programme will require further amendments to the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 and Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995.

To find out more about the proposed changes, click here.


Microbead ban proposed in private member’s Bill

On 10 June 2016, Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie introduced a private member’s Bill, the Microbead Free Waters Bill 2016, seeking to ban the manufacture, sale or importation into Tasmania of any cosmetic products (including toothpaste) containing microbeads.

The Bill follows a recommendation by the Senate Inquiry into Marine Pollution that the Australian Government "move to immediately ban the importation and production of personal care products containing microbeads".

To read the Bill, click here.



Amendments proposed to environmental assessments; expansion of Greater Bendigo National Park

The National Parks Act and Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Acts Amendment Bill 2016 was passed in the Legislative Assembly on 23 June 2016. It has been introduced in the Legislative Council, but has not yet passed.

The Bill proposes to amend the National Parks Act 1975 to add approximately 245 hectares to the Greater Bendigo National Park, land donated by Villawood Investments as part of native vegetation offsets. It is also intended to enable the Government to fulfil its commitment to grant Aboriginal title over the park under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010.

The Bill also amends the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Act 2001 by expanding the powers of the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council to conduct assessments and provide advice, in addition to its existing investigation powers. The new processes are intended for limited matters that, in the opinion of the Minister, do not require an investigation.

To read the Bill, click here.


Proposal to ban plastic bags, packaging and microbeads

The Environment Protection Amendment (Banning Plastic Bags, Packaging and Microbeads) Bill 2016, introduced by Greens MP Nina Springle, was moved in the Legislative Council on 22 June 2016.

The Bill would amend the Environment Protection Act 1970 to restrict the supply and sale of plastic bags and certain plastic and polystyrene packaging, and to prohibit the supply and sale of certain items that contain plastic microbeads.

To read the Bill, click here.


Western Australia

Responsibility for electricity and gas to be transferred to AER

The WA Government has introduced the National Electricity (Western Australia) Bill 2016 and the National Gas Access (WA) Amendment Bill 2016, which would transfer the regulation of Western Australia's electricity and gas networks to the Australian Energy Regulator.


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In the Courts


Information Commissioner orders release of information

The Information Commissioner has made a number of rulings in favour of the release of the environmental information requested under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

In the first set of rulings, the Information Commissioner ordered the release by AFMA of edited footage showing interactions between the Geelong Star and marine mammals in 2015. The Commissioner rejected submissions that releasing the footage would unduly affect AFMA’s operations or the business affairs of trawler operator, Seafish Tasmania. He was satisfied that releasing the footage was in the public interest. AFMA has appealed against the ruling.

The Information Commissioner also made a decision that similar documents and footage could be released to the ABC.

In the second ruling, the Information Commissioner rejected arguments by Whitehaven Coal that a biodiversity corridor plan and map for the Maules Creek mine, advice on groundwater drawdown and a rehabilitation plan should not be released because the information was commercially sensitive. Consistent with earlier decisions regarding the biodiversity strategy and vegetation clearing plan, the Commissioner held that the information requested has no intrinsic commercial value.


New South Wales

Farmer sentenced over murder of environment officer

On 23 June 2016, the NSW Supreme Court sentenced the farmer who shot and killed NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Officer, Glen Turner, to 35 years in prison. Mr Turner was shot while investigating unlawful clearing on the farmer’s property.

Justice Johnson’s decision in R v Turnbull [2016] NSWSC 847 is available here.



Water Trigger to be tested in the Federal Court

Western Downs Alliance is challenging the Federal Minister for the Environment’s approval of the Santos GLNG Gas Field Development Project in Queensland. The approval allows Santos to expand its operations from 2,650 coal seam gas wells to 6,100 wells across approximately 1 million hectares of land in the Surat Basin in South-Central Queensland.

Throughout the 30 year operation, Santos expects to extract up to 219 million litres of water from the wells. The Environmental Impact Statement outlines a series of methods for managing the extracted water. There are concerns that extraction will impact on the Great Artesian Basin, and reduce water quality in surface water.

Western Downs Alliance is arguing that the approval was unlawful because the Minister did not properly assess the project’s impact on surface water, having formed the view that he was not required to assess the impacts of releasing spent CSG water to surface waters.

The case is the first CSG challenge applying the 'water trigger' and seeks to clarify what is required of the Minister when assessing an action referred under the trigger.

For further information, go to the EDO NSW website.


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Policy developments and other news


Safeguard mechanism guidelines

The Safeguard Mechanism for the Emissions Reduction Fund took effect on 1 July 2016, imposing emission limits (‘baselines’) on over 350 facilities with annual greenhouse gas emissions in excess of 100,000 tonnes. Default baselines are yet to be finalised, but are expected to be based on the facilities’ highest emission profile in recent years.

However, facility operators can seek more generous baselines if they expect their future emissions to go above the previous high points. The Clean Energy Regulator has released a guide for companies intending to apply for higher baselines based on forecast emissions.

To read the Safeguard Mechanism Guide, click here.


Energy efficiency disclosure rules tightened

Prior to the commencement of the caretaker period, Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg approved new rules reducing the threshold size for commercial buildings subject to mandatory disclosure of energy efficiency performance.

From 1 July 2017, commercial office buildings with a floor space of at least 1,000m2 (down from 2,000m2) will need to make disclosures regarding energy efficiency.

To read the Disclosure Determination, click here.


New South Wales

EPA revises risk protocol for licensees

The NSW EPA has gazetted a revised protocol for evaluating environmental management standards at licensed facilities. The amended Environmental Management Calculation Protocol categorises facilities into management levels A – E, depending on the compliance history, management systems and any environmental improvements made since the previous assessment. Those facilities assessed as being within Category A are rewarded with discounted licence fees.

To read the Protocol, click here.



DEHP reviewing process for determining ‘suitable’ companies

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection engaged a consultant firm to review the way in which the Department assessed the environmental and business credentials of companies and individuals wanting to be listed on the Department’s register of “suitable operators”.

The consultant report identified serious deficiencies in the Department’s existing process, finding that claims made by companies were not audited, companies involved in ‘disqualifying events’ were still entered into the register, and little internal guidance was available regarding the assessment of applications.

In response, the Department is reviewing internal procedures and considering the relevant legislative provisions.

For more information regarding the review, click here.


DEHP identifies strategic priorities

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has released a four-year strategic plan identifying key priorities to 2020. Priorities include reducing repeat offences, improving mine rehabilitation, supporting biofuels and completing a State of the Environment report.

To read the Strategic Plan 2016-2020, click here.



Victorian Government Response to the Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010

On 9 June 2016, the Victorian Government released the Victorian Government Response to the Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 (the Report). In the Report, the Government indicates “support” or “support in principle” for 32 of the Review's 33 recommendations, including:

  • long-term emissions reduction targets (Recommendation 1), to be complemented by multi-year, interim emissions reduction targets (R22);

  • five-yearly legislative review (R5);

  • the inclusion of a list of proposed climate change objectives (R7);

  • broadening legal standing for the judicial review of administrative decisions listed under Schedule 1 to the Act (R13); and

  • emissions reduction measures (although the Report specifically excludes Emissions Trading Schemes) (R25).

However, the responses are framed in general, preliminary terms. The degree to which the Government’s support aligns with the Interim Report’s recommendations may not be clear until a draft Bill and policies are available for review.

The Report explicitly declines to support examining the feasibility of merits review of specified administrative decisions (R14), preferring alternatives “such as making independent expert advice a key input before decisions are made”.

To read the Report, click here.


Response to Hazelwood Inquiry

The Victorian Government has tabled its response to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. Key actions identified in the response include considering ‘chain of responsibility’ legislation based on the Queensland model, reviewing financial assurance requirements and introducing tougher PM10 particulate pollution standards.

To read the full response, click here.


New EPA Victoria Action Plan

EPA Victoria has released its annual action plan for 2016-2017. The plan identifies improved management of financial assurances from companies as a priority, and outlines plans to adopt new technologies to assist in monitoring compliance by regulated companies.

To read the Annual Plan, click here.


Western Australia

New report outlines Department of Water’s approach to meeting increased demand for water

The Department of Water has released Water for Growth: Urban Report, the first in a series of publications concerning demand for and sources of water. WA’s urban water use is projected to increase from 550 GL per year, to between 800 and 1,000 GL per year by 2050. To meet this increased demand, the Department proposes to improve water efficiency, develop new water sources, and optimise the sustainable use of groundwater and surface water. Among other things, this will involve setting sustainable water allocation limits, and amending WA’s water laws to simplify the trading and transfer of water entitlements.

A new Water Resources Management Bill to effect these changes is expected to be released later this year.

To read the Water for Growth: Urban Report, click here.


New Guidelines for Mining Proposals

The Department of Mines and Petroleum has released guidelines as part of its ongoing ‘Reforming Environmental Regulation’ initiative. The Guidelines are intended to establish a risk and outcome-based regulatory framework for the environmental assessment and management of mining activities. The Department considers that the Guidelines will help reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, while still ensuring development occurs in an environmentally acceptable manner.

The guidelines are available here.


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Open for comment


Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Access

The Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry into information sharing options, accessibility of public and private datasets and disclosure issues. While not limited to environmental information, the inquiry’s scope explicitly includes environmental data sets.

Comments on the Issues Paper can be made until 29 July 2016. For more information regarding the inquiry, click here.


Draft Recovery Plan for Giant Freshwater Crayfish

The Federal Department of Environment has released a Draft Recovery Plan for the Giant Freshwater Lobster (Astacopsis gouldi) for comment. The plan, which will replace the current 2006 plan, considers the conservation requirements of the species across its range and identifies the actions to be taken to ensure its long-term viability in nature. Key goals of the plan include:

  • Increased habitat protection in key locations;

  • Appropriate management of land use activities to prevent impacts on key downstream habitats;

  • Tackling poaching

Comments on the Draft Recovery Plan can be made until 8 August 2016. For more information regarding the Draft Plan, click here.



Climate Action discussion paper

The Queensland Government has released a discussion paper outlining options for governments, businesses and individuals to address climate change, and inviting comments on the direction and opportunities that should be pursued in Queensland.

Submissions close on 5 August 2016. For more information, click here.


South Australia

Review of Wildlife Regulations

The South Australian government has released draft Wildlife Regulations 2017 to replace the National Parks and Wildlife (Wildlife) Regulations 2001. As the current regulations are due to expire on 1 September 2016, the government intends to remake them in their current form until 1 July 2017, to allow time for the review of the proposed replacement regulations to be completed.

Comments on the draft Regulations can be made until 5 August 2016. For more information, click here.


Review of Native Vegetation regulations

The South Australian government is proposing changes to the Native Vegetation Regulations 2003, following an earlier review of their effectiveness.

New Regulations seek to establish through four distinct pathways for clearing native vegetation:

  1. Direct exemptions (where Native Vegetation Council approval will not be required).

  2. Fire hazard reduction (where Country Fire Service approval will be required).

  3. Vegetation management activities (where an approved Management Plan will be required)

  4. Major developments (where a detailed Risk Assessment will be required).

Comments on the draft Regulations can be made until 15 August 2016. For more information, click here.



Review of Climate Change Act

The Tasmanian Government has released a discussion paper for the statutory review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008, the law which guides government action on emissions reduction and adaptation. The Act commits the government to reducing emissions to 60% below 1990 levels by 2050 – largely thanks to reductions in forestry activity, this target has already been exceeded (see most recent Greenhouse Gas Accounts for details).

The review will consider whether new targets should be set, what laws and policies will be required to meet those targets and other steps needed to address the impacts of climate change.

Comments can be made until 22 July 2016. For more information, click here.


Constitutional change to recognise Tasmania’s First People

The Tasmanian Premier has released a draft amendment to the preamble of Tasmania’s Constitution to include recognition of Aboriginal people as the original and traditional owners of Tasmania's land and water. Tasmania is the only remaining State in Australia not to have such recognition in the Constitution.

Comments on the proposed amendments can be made until 29 July 2016. For more information, click here.


Review of Aboriginal Relics Act

The Government has announced a review of Tasmania’s Aboriginal heritage laws, with the Tasmanian Heritage Minister acknowledging that the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975 is "woefully outdated" and "shamefully disrespectful". The first stage proposes a number of immediate amendments to address "inadequacies" in the current Act, with a more comprehensive review to follow.

Immediate changes proposed include removing the pre-1876 requirement for relics, increasing penalties to be equivalent to those imposed for damage to non-Aboriginal heritage, considering removal of the “ignorance” defence and establishing a statutory Aboriginal Heritage Council to advise the Minister.

Comments on the first stage review can be made until 31 July 2016. For more information, click here.



Guidance for developments near landfills

EPA Victoria has released a draft guideline for assessing planning proposals near landfills, addressing matters including default buffer distances and buffer variations and assessing the risk of odour impacts.

Comments on the draft Guidelines can be made until 8 July 2016. For more information, click here.


Changes to VEET Scheme

Proposed changes to Victoria’s VEET Scheme to allow businesses to earn tradeable certificates for complex energy efficiency projects have been released for public comment. The changes also seek to encourage building upgrades.

Comments can be made until 13 July 2016. For more information, click here.


Protecting the Yarra - Discussion paper

The Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee has released a discussion paper on key issues and opportunities for the Yarra River (Birrarung).

Comments on the discussion paper are invited until 5 August 2016. For more information, click here.


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Employment Opportunities

EDO WA seeks Acting Principal Solicitor

The Environmental Defender's Office (WA) is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Acting Principal Solicitor. The position would begin as soon as possible and extend for approximately three months pending a national advertising and recruitment process for a permanent appointment.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Ms Shayla Strapps (sstrapps@edowa.org.au) by 11 July 2016.


Grant Opportunities

Sustainability Victoria grants for resource assessments

Sustainability Victoria is offering resource assessment grants to cover up to 50% of the cost of resource assessments for eligible organisations. Grants are capped at $10,000 for a combined materials and energy assessment, with a $3,000 implementation bonus also available.

Applications must be submitted by 5 August 2016. For more information, click here.


NTEPA launches environmental grants program

On 3 May 2016, the Northern Territory EPA launched its 2016-2017 environment grants program. Schools and other organisations can apply to the EPA for funding to assist with a range of projects. Grants of up to $30,000 are also available for Container Deposit Scheme infrastructure projects.

For more information, click here.



The SA Department of State Development has invited energy service companies to join a list of energy performance contracting service providers for the Government Building Energy Efficiency Investment program.

For more information, click here. Tenders can be submitted until 30 November 2016.



Report highlights need for review of mine rehabilitation requirements

The Mineral Policy Institute has released a report investigating Australia's management of legacy impacts from mining, Ground Truths: Taking Responsibility for Australia’s Mining Legacy.

The report recommends establishing a national inquiry into mine site rehabilitation and mine closure practices, stronger application of the polluter pays principle, imposing security bonds that adequately reflect likely closure costs, undertaking full social, cultural and economic impact assessments before any approval is granted and adequate resourcing for independent monitoring and reporting.

In support of the report, the Australian Conservation Foundation has also released a book of stories from people affected by mining in their communities.

To read the report, 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!


(Canberra) EIANZ Contaminated Land forum

The ACT Division of EIANZ is convening a one-day forum for environmental professionals to share their knowledge and experience about contaminated land assessments in Canberra and surrounding areas.

When: 12 July 2016
Where: University House, ANU

For more information, click here


(Sydney) BioBanking - History & Future

As part of the EIANZ NSW PEP talk programme, Liam Hogg and Ariane Weiss will look at the BioBanking Offsets Scheme operated by the NSW Government, what has worked and what hasn’t in terms of biodiversity conservation.

When: 21 Jul 2016, 5:30pm
Where: SMEC Australia, Level 8, 20 Berry St, North Sydney

For more information, click here.


(Geelong) Sustainable Population and Climate Change

Join Tim Flannery for an Open Mind Lecture tackling the issue of population, the economic factors driving population growth and its impact on climate.

When: 21 July 2016, 6:30 PM
Where: The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

For more information, click here.


(Melbourne) Sustainability in Public Works

The Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia is hosting a multi-day conference looking at best practice ways to achieve sustainability in the delivery of public infrastructure projects. The conference covers topics including green spaces, sustainability rating tools, sustainable road design and climate change adaptation.

When: 24-26 August 2016
Where: Melbourne

For more information, click here.


(Melbourne) Coast to Coast 2016

The biennial Coast to Coast Conference brings together leaders, managers, researchers and volunteers working to protect and manage our coastal environment through the challenges of population growth, climate change, biodiversity and resource management.

When: 29 August 2016 – 1 September 2016
Where: MCG, Melbourne

For more information, click here.


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

For more information about the 2016 Congress click here.


Leaf(Nelson) Outstanding! RMLA Conference 2016

New Zealand’s Resource Management Law Association is hosting a great 2 day conference featuring high calibre international speakers examining resource management policies, sustainable planning, scientific challenges to environmental policy development and whether New Zealand’s resource management legislation is protecting heritage.

When: 22-24 September 2016
Where: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, New Zealand

For more information, click here.


(Brisbane) Life of Mine 2016

The Minerals Institute and Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation are hosting this key event discussing life-of-mine issues, rehabilitation challenges and regulatory trends.

When: 28-30 September 2016
Where: Pullman Hotel, Brisbane

For more information, click here.


Leaf(Brisbane) The future of Australian Environmental Law: Politics, Reform and Community Activism

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance is hosting a conference on environmental law and governance, featuring keynote presentations from Chief Justice of the NSW Land and Environment Court, Judge Brian Preston; CEO of Greenpeace Australia, David Ritter; Professor Rob Fowler and Professor Brendan Mackey.

When: 20-21 October 2016
Where: EcoCentre, Griffith University, Nathan campus

For more information, click here.


Leaf(Perth) 2016 NELA WA State Conference

The 2016 WA State conference will address the theme Environmental Law: Where are we now, and where are we going?. Featuring presentations from Rob Fowler, David Hochschild (California Energy Commission) and the Hon Dr Mike Nahan and Bill Johnston discussing energy policy.

When: 27 October 2016, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Where: Parmelia Hilton, 14 Mill St, Perth

Registrations will be opening soon - keep an eye on the NELA website for details


Leaf(Melbourne) 2016 NELA National Conference

When: 18 November 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: King & Wood Mallesons, Level 50, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne.

If you would like to submit an abstract or suggest speakers or session topics, please email the conference organising committee at secretariat@nela.org.au by 29 July 2016.


(Monteal) Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change

The International Association for Impact Assessment is hosting a global conference to share information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned about the way impact assessment can address climate change issues.

When: 4-7 April 2017
Where: Le Centre Sheraton, Montréal

For more information, click here.


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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: