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April 2017 Bulletin

 

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This month


NELA news and events
01. NELA National Conference: Addressing Past Harm, Managing Future Risks
02. NELA Essay Competition winners announced

Law and policy developments
03. In the Legislature
04. Policy developments and other news
05. In the courts
06. Open for comment

Events
07. (Adelaide) What role does the community have in environmental decision making?
08. (Melbourne and Sydney) The next big business risk - sea level rise
09. (Hobart) Climate litigation: Improving Decision-making and Shaping Policy Responses to Climate Change
10. (Hobart) Regulating Salmon Farming: proposed changes
11. (Canberra) Protecting the environment on Commonwealth land
12. (Brisbane) Debating for the Environment: ‘The End is Nigh’
13. (Brisbane) NELA National Conference – Save the Date!
14. (Brisbane) CASANZ 2017: The Critical Atmosphere

 

 


NELA news and events

NELA National Conference: Addressing Past Harm, Managing Future Risks

NELA is delighted to announce that our partnership with King & Wood Mallesons will continue, and this year’s National Conference will be held at KWM’s Brisbane office on 4 August 2017.

As in previous years, we aim to bring together a range of experts to discuss important current topics in environmental and climate change law. Suggested topics addressing this year's theme include:

  • Climate disclosure obligations
  • Mining and rehabilitation
  • Negotiation with native title holders  
  • Access to information  
  • Climate change litigation activities
  • Management of contaminated sites
  • Highlights (and lowlights) from the State of the Environment Report
  • Policy work to protect the Great Barrier Reef
  • Assessing and managing off-site impacts
  • Incorporating social and economic values into environmental impact assessments
  • Modernising Australia’s energy system

A call for brief abstracts and speaker suggestions is open until 21 April 2017.  To submit an abstract, email review@nela.org.au.

We look forward to delivering a practical, topical and engaging conference. More details will be available soon.

 

NELA Essay Competition winners announced

NELA is delighted to announce the outcome of the 2016 NELA Essay Competition.

  • Postgraduate winner: Russell Schmidt’s essay on ‘Jurisdictional Facts and Environmental Impact Assessment and Approval under the EPBC Act 1999’
  • Undergraduate winner: Jocelyn Bosse’s essay entitled ‘Green Public Procurement in Australia: The implications of accession to the WTO agreement on Government Procurement’

Both essays involved original analysis, high quality technical research and a fresh take on complex issues.  NELA congratulates both winners and is pleased to award each of them NELA membership and $1,000 prize money.  We will be supporting both winners to get their essays published so that their important research can be disseminated to a wider audience.

NELA received 11 papers across the two categories and extends our thanks to all entrants for their interest in environmental law in Australia.  NELA would also like to thank former committee member, Brendan Grigg, for overseeing the 2016 competition.

The 2017 competition will open in August.

 

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Law and policy development

In the Legislature

Commonwealth

Amendments proposed to national carbon credits legislation

A Bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives to amend the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 in relation to the operation of the crediting element of the Emissions Reduction Fund. The amendments address implementation issues, primarily for savanna fire management projects in Northern Australia. They also aim to correct earlier drafting errors, reduce administrative burden and clarify the original intent of the Act.

For information about the Bill, click here.

 

New Bill to support phase-down of HFC imports

The Government has introduced a new Bill to phase-down HFC imports, starting in 2018 and achieving an 85% reduction in imports by 2036.

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 will amend the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act, and related legislation, to support Australia’s international obligations under the Kyoto Protocol and the Montreal Protocol, including the recently agreed Kigali Amendment.

For information about the Bill, click here.

 

ACT

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Bill 2017

This Bill, introduced to the Legislative Assembly on 23 March 2017, seeks to amend information requirements under the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012, and extends the reporting requirements for Ramsar wetland management plans under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 from every 5 years to every 7 years.  The Bill also makes a series of minor, technical amendments to a suite of environmental laws.

To read the Bill, click here

 

GMO legislation to be amended

The Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2017 has been introduced to the Legislative Assembly and will be debated in coming weeks.  The Bill seeks to amend the Gene Technology Act 2003 and associated Regulation.

To read the Bill, click here

 

New South Wales

New Waste Regulations

The state government has gazetted the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Amendment Regulation 2017. The regulations amend reporting requirements, allow the EPA to exempt community recycling centres from levy obligations, set requirements for the methods of recording waste at exempt facilities, require waste transporters to cover waste and other related matters.

To read the Regulation, click here.

 

Tasmania

Early release of logging coupes protected under Tasmanian Forests Agreement

The Forestry (Unlocking Production Forests) Bill 2017 was passed by the House of Assembly on 17 March 2017, despite opposition from Labor and the Greens.  The Bill seeks to remove, from 1 July 2018, restrictions on logging 356,000 ha of forests protected under the now-defunct Tasmanian Forest Agreement, and to allow Forestry Tasmania to meet its statutory minimum sawlog quantity quota by contracting with the private sector.

The Bill will be debated in the Legislative Council this week.  A number of Legislative Councillors expressed concerns regarding the Bill after it failed to secure industry-wide support.

To read the Bill, click here.

 

State-water supertrawler ban

On 4 April 2017, the Tasmanian Government introduced the Living Marine Resources Management Amendment Bill 2017, making it an offence to use a trawl net in State Waters.  The new offence will attract a penalty of up to $785,000.

The use of trawl nets in State waters is already banned under the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015. However, the government is seeking to implement the ban in legislation, rather than subordinate rules, to “strengthen this existing provision by increasing the level of scrutiny to remove restrictions on trawling…”

To read the Bill and supporting documents, click here.

 

New rules about charging rates over public land

In April 2016, the High Court decision in Coverdale v West Coast Council [2016] HCA 15 challenged long-standing practices regarding local government rates over public land. In particular, the Court decided that seabeds and marine farming leases within municipal boundaries were subject to rates, while Crown or reserved land within a municipal area leased for a private or commercial purpose was not subject to rates.

The Tasmanian Government has introduced the Local Government Amendment (Rates) Bill 2017 to “rectify the impacts of the High Court decision”.  The Bill confirms that councils may levy rates for land adjoining their municipal area, such as bridges, jetties, wharves and boat houses, and for “rights of relevant occupation” over Crown land.  This includes commercial developments in national parks.

The Bill also provides that councils may not levy rates for marine farming leases.

To read the Bill and supporting documents, click here.  

 

Victoria

Heritage Act passed

The Heritage Act 2017 was passed by the Legislative Council and received Royal Assent on 15 March 2017. The Act will commence on 1 November 2017.

The Act re-enacts, with amendments, the Heritage Act 1995 to provide for the protection and conservation of places and objects of cultural significance. Among other things, the Act establishes the Victorian Heritage Register, the Heritage Council of Victoria, the Heritage Inventory, and a Heritage Fund.

To read the Act, click here.

 

Bill to establish the office of the Latrobe Valley Rehabilitation Commissioner

The Government has introduced the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017, seeking to amend the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development Act) 1990.

The purpose of the Bill is to establish the office of the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner, to provide for the making of a regional rehabilitation strategy and to set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers to implement the strategy.  The Bill also provides for workplans relating to work carried out on coal mine land to be varied.

The Bill is a direct response to the Hazelwood mine fire inquiry which found, among other things, that 'the current regulatory system is ill equipped to solve complex problems regarding rehabilitation' and recommended the appointment of an independent Rehabilitation Commissioner.

To read the Bill and supporting documents, click here.

 

Victorian Planning Authority Act 2017 passed

The Victorian Planning Authority Act 2017 has been passed by the Legislative Council and received Royal Assent on 31 March 2017.

The Act abolishes the Growth Areas Authority and establishes the Victorian Planning Authority. The Act is part of the State government’s plan to address rapid growth and the predicted expansion of the population of Melbourne.

To read the Act, click here.

 

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Policy developments and other news

Commonwealth

ANAO releases report on biosecurity legislation framework

The Australian National Audit Office has released its audit of Australia’s biosecurity legislative framework, particularly focused on the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' implementation of the framework. The report makes a series of recommendations related to program planning, oversight and delivery.

To read the ANAO report, click here.

 

Review of the Product Stewardship Act

The Department of the Environment and Energy will shortly commence its first review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011, designed to reduce the adverse environmental and health impacts of products. The Department will actively seek input from industry, governments and the general public to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the Act and to ensure it’s delivering the best outcomes for business and the environment.

For further information, including the Review’s Terms of Reference, click here.

 

Productivity Commission releases Agriculture Report

The Productivity Commission has released its report on the Regulation of Agriculture. The report recognises the substantial volume of regulation to which farmers are subject, and acknowledges that many (including biosecurity, food safety and water regulations) provide clear benefits.  However, the report recommends reforming vegetation and animal welfare laws, removing State bans on GMOs and ensuring that environmental decisions take account of economic and social considerations.

To read the report, click here.

 

National Pollutant Inventory Data released

The Department of the Environment and Energy has released the 2015-2016 NPI data, estimating the source of emissions for 93 toxic substances based on reports from industrial facilities around Australia. The results show improvements in some indicators, but a significant increase in emissions from coal mines, power stations and export terminals over the past five years. 

To search the NPI dataset, click here.

 

Queensland

Interim Koala Expert Report released

On 10 March 2017, the Koala Expert Panel, established by the Minister for Environment in 2015 to provide advice on “appropriate and realistic” actions to address declining koala populations, delivered their Interim Report. 

The Interim report identifies a number of deficiencies, including lack of strategic regional vision, over-reliance on inadequate planning responses, poorly designed offsets, and the complexity of the regulatory framework. The Panel recommends the creation of Koala Conservation Landscapes, rather than smaller ‘precincts’, large-scale habitat mapping, and improved monitoring programs.

The Panel acknowledged that their work has not been well integrated with public consultation regarding the new draft State Planning Policy and draft South East Queensland Regional Plan.  

To read the Interim Report, click here. The final report is due by 30 June 2017.

 

Adani mine granted unlimited water licence

On 31 March 2017, the Queensland Government granted groundwater and surface water licences to Adani for its Carmichael mine.  The groundwater licence, which allows the company to take an unlimited volume of water from the Betts Creek groundwater formation while dewatering the mine, is valid to 2077.

Following a specific exclusion for Adani from amendments to the Water Act 2000 last year, the decision to grant the licence is not subject to public consultation or appeal rights. 

To read the government’s statement regarding the licences, click here.  To read environment and community groups’ reactions, click here.

 

GBRMPA Governance review

The independent reviewer appointed by the Australian Government has released a background paper and sought comments regarding the effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s governing bodies.  Comments closed on 7 April 2017.

To read the background report, click here.

 

Victoria

Biodiversity Plan released

The Victorian Government has released Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, a strategic plan to achieve a net gain in terrestrial native plants, stop the decline of native animals, and improve Victoria’s natural environment.  The plan explicitly identifies the need to factor climate change into management decisions, and seeks to invest more heavily in prevention and early intervention measures.

An implementation strategy to support the plan is expected to be released later in 2017. 

To read the Plan, click here.

 

VEAC’s Conservation Values of State Forests Assessment

On 7 March 2017, the Victorian Environmental Assessment Commission released its Conservation Values of State Forests Assessment, prepared in response to a Ministerial request in September 2016  to assess the conservation values of state forests in the Central Highlands, North East, Gippsland and East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement areas.

According to the terms of reference, the purpose of the investigation was to:

  • Identify the biodiversity and ecological values in the specified area
  • Identify the current and likely future threats to those values
  • Report on public land use and management

To read the Report, click here.

 

Report on the Effectiveness of the Environmental Effects Statement Process

The Auditor-General tabled a report on the Effectiveness of the Environmental Effects Statement Process on 22 March 2017. The report considers how effectively the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is managing the EES process.

The Report finds that, ‘[i]n the absence of legislative reform, the department is constrained in its ability to improve outcomes from the EES process for developers and the community’. The Report notes that there is no current plan to reform the Environmental Effects Act or the EES process, and makes a series of recommendations to improve the operation of the EES process.

To read the Report, click here.

 

EPA noise survey

EPA Victoria is seeking feedback to assist with its review of the Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008. Community members are invited to complete a quick survey or a more detailed survey regarding the types of noise nuisance they experience, the impacts and any suggested actions to address the problem.

 

Western Australia

Election results

Western Australia has a new State Government and Ministry following the election of WA Labor on 11 March 2017. The Honourable Mark McGowan is now Premier of Western Australia, and holds the portfolios of Public Sector Management, State Development, Jobs and Trade, and Federal-State Relations. Other key environment, planning and Indigenous positions include: 

  • The Honourable Stephen Dawson MLC - Minister for Environment
  • The Honourable David Templeman MLA - Minister for Local Government, Heritage
  • The Honourable Ben Wyatt MLA – Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
  • The Honourable Bill Johnston MLA – Minister for Mines and Petroleum
  • The Honourable Rita Saffioti – Minister for Planning; Lands
  • The Honourable Dave Kelly MLA – Minister for Water; Fisheries, Forestry

For the full list of new Cabinet Ministers, click here.

 

Roe 8 work ceases

Following the election, work has ceased on the controversial “Roe 8” highway extension project. The project proponent, Main Roads Western Australia, was directed by the incoming Government to begin negotiations with the Roe 8 Alliance partners to revise the scope of the Roe 8 contract and bring forward alternative projects.  

Clearing of the Roe 8 site commenced in December 2016 under the previous State Government. Incoming Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, has stated that a rehabilitation plan for the Roe 8 site will be administered initially between the contractor and Main Roads. An organised community revegetation program will follow, led by the State Government, once the site is clear of any contaminants.

 

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In the courts

NSW

High Court rejects Alpha Coal Mine special leave application

The High Court of Australia has rejected an application by Coast and Country Association for leave to appeal against the decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal approving the Hancock Alpha Coal mine.  The Court of Appeal held that it could not have regard to environmental harm resulting from emissions from transporting and burning coal, because similar emissions would be released from other mines if the Alpha mine did not proceed.

 

Tasmania

Protest laws challenge in High Court

Former Greens Senator Bob Brown’s challenge to the constitutional validity of the Tasmanian Workplace (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 is set down for hearing in the High Court on 2 May 2017.  Attorneys-General from the Commonwealth, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria are intervening in the matter.

To read the submissions from the parties, click here.

 

Western Australia

Erujin Pty Ltd v Jacob [2017] WASC 35

This Supreme Court of Western Australia has dismissed an application by Erujin Pty Lt (Erujin) for judicial review of a decision of the Minister for the Environment to refuse an appeal to the Appeals Convenor under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA). The appeal followed the refusal by the CEO of the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) to allow Eurjin’s clearing permit to be amended.

Erujin claimed that procedural fairness had been denied, as the Appeals Convenor had failed to provide Erujin with copies of advice sought from other government agencies or a report provided by the CEO of the DER. The Appeals Convener contended that Erujin had been provided with a summary of the relevant information, or that the advice received did not raise any new points of contention. 

In dismissing the application, Tottle J held the non-disclosures did not cause any “unfairness or practical injustice” to Erujin and it was sufficient that the substance and significance of the advices were disclosed.

To read the decision, click here.

 


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Open for comment

Commonwealth

Draft Threat Abatement Plan - Marine Plastics

The Department of the Environment and Energy has released a draft Threat abatement plan for the impacts of marine debris on vertebrate marine species outlining a national strategy to manage threats posed by marine debris and guide investment and efforts by governments, research organisations and NGOs. 

Key actions are proposed to encourage a circular economy, reduce single use plastics, ensure planning decisions consider the potential to increase marine debris, improving management of ghost nets and shipping waste, and improving data collection methods.

Comments on the draft plan can be made until 13 April 2017. For more information, click here

 

National Water Reform issues paper

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper regarding its inquiry into National Water Reform. The Inquiry will have a particular emphasis on the progress of all Australian governments in achieving the objectives, outcomes and timelines anticipated under the Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative.

Submissions can be made until 18 April 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Climate Change Authority Issues Paper

The Climate Change Authority has released an issues paper, Action on the land: reducing emissions, conserving natural capital and improving farm profitability. The paper follows a recommendation in the Authority’s Special Review to improve coordination between actions to reduce emissions and to benefit agricultural productivity.

The Issues Paper considers policies, programs, research and development and options to increase private sector involvement.

Comments on the Issues Paper are invited until 20 April 2017.  Read more and have your say

 

Modernising Australia's electricity grid

The Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is conducting an inquiry into modernising Australia’s electricity grid, and has released a discussion paper on key issues.

The Committee is accepting written submissions, or responses to an online questionnaire, until 28 April 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Climate Change Review discussion paper

The Federal Government has released a discussion paper as part of the 2017 review of climate change policies, a commitment made when it set Australia’s target to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. 

Comments on the discussion paper can be made until 5 May 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

 

ACT

Draft Conservation Action Plans

The Conservator of Flora and Fauna has released draft action plans for Natural Temperate Grassland Ecological Community, Grassland Earless Dragon, Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, Perunga Grasshopper, Button Wrinklewort, Ginninderra Peppercress and Baeuerlen’s Gentian.

Comments on the draft action plans can be made until 12 May 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

New South Wales

Planning policy changes for container deposit scheme

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is calling for public comment on amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 to facilitate the forthcoming cash for containers scheme, intended to be rolled out from 1 December 2017. The amendments would allow recycling equipment such as reverse vending machines to be considered exempt development.

Submissions on the proposed amendments are invited until 26 April 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

 

Northern Territory

NT Fracking Inquiry

The NT Fracking Inquiry has released a Background Issues Paper.

The Inquiry is conducting community consultations across the Northern Territory from 6 – 29 March 2017. The consultation schedule is available here.

The Inquiry is also seeking written submissions in response to the Issues Paper from community members and experts. Submissions close 30 April 2017.

The Inquiry aims to release a draft report mid-year and will conduct further consultations in July-August 2017 with the aim of releasing a final report by December 2017.

 

Draft EIS for McArthur River Mine Overburden Management Project

The McArthur River Mine, the world's largest producer of zinc in bulk and concentrate form, has released a draft environmental impact statement detailing the proposed re-design of its overburden facilities.  The EIS outlines plans for removal and re-processing of tailings waste, a revised open cut final void closure strategy and monitoring and management plans for the ongoing protection of the downstream environment.

Submissions on the draft EIS are invited until 3 May 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Queensland

Draft water plan for the Great Artesian Basin

The Qld government is seeking public input on the draft water plan on the Great Artesian Basin and other regional aquifers.  The plan aims to ensure a balance between management and access to the resource for existing users and the environment.

Comments on the plan can be made until 17 April 2017. For more information, click here.

 

Review of Environmental Protection (Water) Policy

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is seeking comments on draft environmental values and water quality objectives for Queensland waters under the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009.  The review addresses Great Barrier Reef coastal waters and contributing catchments, Queensland Murray-Darling and Bulloo Basin waters, and South East Queensland waters.

Comments can be made until 31 May 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

 

South Australia

Management Plan for the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

The South Australia Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is seeking comments on where the boundaries of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary should be, and what should be considered in the management plan.

Submissions can be made until 31 May 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

State Natural Resources Management Plan

The Natural Resources Management Plan 2012-2017 was adopted to achieve the goals and objects of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.  The plan is currently being reviewed, with submissions invited on the direction that a revised Plan should take.

Submissions can be made until 31 May 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Park Management Plans

The South Australia Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is seeking feedback on draft management plans for the following national parks and reserves:

  • Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park (comments due 22 May 2017)
  • Innamincka Regional Reserve (comments due 6 June 2017)
  • Witjira National Park (comments due 9 June 2017).

For more information, click here.

 

Northern and Yorke Catchment Action Plans

Submissions are invited on the development of Catchment Action Plans for the Willochra, Broughton, Wakefield and Light Catchments. 

The completed Willochra and Broughton Draft Plans have been released for public comment, while general feedback regarding the yet to be finalised Wakefield and Light Draft Plans can be made via an online survey.

Submissions and survey responses can be made until 30 June 2017.  For more information, click here


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Events

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!

 

(Adelaide) What role does the community have in environmental decision making?

EDO SA will be launching its recent audit of public participation provisions in South Australian legislation which impact environmental decision making, and recommendations for reform. The event includes speakers discussing mining and planning case-studies and the importance of public participation.

When: 12 April 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Where: Flinders University City Campus, Room 1, Level 1, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide

For more information, click here.

 

(Melbourne and Sydney) The next big business risk - sea level rise 

The Climate Alliance is hosting an expert forum addressing business risks arising from sea level rise and storm surge.  The event will look at investment risks, where to find information to assess risks and the view of the insurance industry.

Melbourne – 19 April 2017, 3pm, Karstens Conference and Training Centre

Sydney – 20 April 2017, 3pm,  Karstens Conference and Training Centre

For more information, click here.

 

(Hobart) Climate litigation: Improving Decision-making and Shaping Policy Responses to Climate Change

EDO Qld lawyer, Sean Ryan, will be discussing legal actions being undertaken around Australia to challenge mining projects on the basis of climate implications.  Dr Jeff McGee will join Sean to discuss international legal actions challenging government climate policies and similar opportunities to push for reforms locally.
 
When: 27 April 2017, 6pm
Where: Aurora Theatre, IMAS Building
 
This event is co-hosted by EDO Tasmania, IMAS and UTAS Law School.  For more details, click here.
 

HeaderRegulating Salmon Farming: proposed changes

NELA is hosting a morning seminar to hear from EPA Director, Wes Ford, regarding proposed amendments to the regulatory framework for salmon farming in Tasmania.  The event includes a light breakfast.
 
When: 28 April 2017, 7:30am - 9:00am
Where: Law Society of Tasmania, Murray Street, Hobart

To register, click here or email review@nela.org.au

 

Header(Canberra) Protecting the environment on Commonwealth land

Join the ACT Division of EIANZ for a one-day forum featuring a range of presentations about protecting the environment on Commonwealth land. Presentations will address restoration of heritage places, revegetation, dealing with contaminated sites and improving water quality in wetlands.

When:  3 May 2017

Where: University House, ANU

For more information, click here.

 

(Brisbane) Debating for the Environment:  ‘The End is Nigh’

Join EDO Qld for a lively debate, moderated by The Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC and featuring Alan Wilson QC, Peta Stilgoe OAM, Justice Glenn Martin AM, Benedict Coyne, Murrawah Johnson, and Sean Ryan debating the topic ‘The End is Nigh’. 

When:  5 May 2017, 6:30pm

Where: Law Society House, Brisbane

For more information, click here.

 

Header(Brisbane) NELA National Conference – Save the Date!

The theme for this year’s NELA National Conference is Addressing Past Harm, Managing Future Risks.  Save the date for what will be a great event.

When:  4 August 2017

Where:  King & Wood Mallesons, Brisbane

More details will be available soon.  To submit an abstract for the conference, email review@nela.org.au before 21 April 2017.


(Brisbane) CASANZ 2017:  The Critical Atmosphere

This year’s Clean Air Society conference examines the effects of climate change on human health and wellbeing demands that we understand more about the physical and chemical processes underlying air quality, their effects on human health and welfare, and our capacity to effectively control and regulate air pollution.

When: 15 – 18 October 2017

Where: Pullman Hotel, Brisbane

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. NELA thanks this month’s contributors:

  • Jess Feehely, EDO Tasmania - editor
  • Ebony Holland – contributor, Cth
  • Emily Long – contributor, Victoria   
  • Katharine Huxley – contributor, SA and NT
  • Natasha Hammond – contributor, NSW
  • Claire McGowan – contributor, WA
  • Julia Pitts – contributor, ACT