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July 2017 Bulletin


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This month

NELA news and events
01. NELA National Conference: Addressing Past Harm, Managing Future Risks
02. Meet the WA Environment Minister

Law and policy developments

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


07. (Sydney) Australasian Groundwater Conference
08. (Sydney) Clean energy summit
09. (Hobart) Salmon Farming: Proposed Regulatory Changes
10. (Perth) Meet the Minister seminar
11. (Brisbane) NELA National Conference
12. (Perth) NRM and Coastal Conference: Adapting in a Changing World
13. (Sydney) National Energy Summit: Can We Solve the Crisis?
14. (Brisbane) CASANZ 2017: The Critical Atmosphere
15. (Hobart) Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice


NELA news and events

NELA National Conference: Addressing Past Harm, Managing Future Risks

Have you seen the great line-up for the 2017 NELA National Conference?  Kicking off with Dr Bill Jackson discussing the latest State of the Environment Report, the conference features a wide range of experts looking at environmental indicators, rehabilitation, native title, managing climate risks and opportunities for business law to facilitate better environmental outcomes.

The conference will be held at the offices of our sponsor, King & Wood Mallesons, in Brisbane on 4 August 2017.  Spaces are strictly limited, so register now to avoid missing out.

For program and registration details, click here.

To join or renew your membership to take advantage of the member discount, click here.


Meet the WA Environment Minister

NELA WA is co-hosting a breakfast networking event with Allens on 1 August 2017, featuring special guest Stephen Dawson, new Western Australian Environment Minister.  The Minister will discuss his government’s environmental initiatives. 

To RSVP for this great event, click here

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Law and policy development

In the Legislature


New Bill seeks to preserve Barrier Reef management plans

Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, introduced a Bill to ensure that management plans enacted for the Great Barrier Reef remain in force when the regulations under which they were created expire.

To read the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017, click here.


Bill to limit import of HFC refrigerants passed

On 19 June 2017, the Senate passed the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, implementing a phase-in of increasingly tighter caps on the bulk importation of HFC refrigerants. The Bill aims to reduce emissions of HFCs by 2035, consistent with Australia’s commitments under the 2016 Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, and regulates newly listed greenhouse gases (nitrogen fluoride and C10F18).

To read the Bill, click here.


Hazardous Waste export and import fees increased

On 29 June 2017, the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures) Regulations 2017 were gazetted.  The Regulations allow the Minister to request further information regarding permit applications, set revised fees and provide for fees to be subject to annual CPI increase.

For details of the Regulations, click here


New ARENA funding strategy

Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has gazetted a new funding strategy for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, outlining a significant increase in research and development spending by 2020 with an emphasis on energy security.

To read the funding strategy, click here.  


New South Wales

Bill to clarify control of ancillary mining activities passed

The Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 received assent on 27 June 2017.  The Bill confirms that environmental management and rehabilitation works (and other activities) are ancillary mining activities, and provides for decision-makers to have regard to guidelines published by the Department of Planning and Environment before issuing a mining lease for ancillary mining activities.

The Bill also provides for tailings dam construction and maintenance, opal puddling and dealing with overburden, ore and tailings on land not in the immediate vicinity of the mine and not directly facilitating the mine to be carried out in accordance with a lease condition, rather than a separate authorisation.  Regulations may be made to guide assessment of what constitutes “immediate vicinity” and “directly facilitate”.

The Bill requires details of enforceable undertakings to be published, allows breaches of an undertaking to be prosecuted summarily by the Land and Environment Court, and increases the maximum penalty for providing false and misleading information to 10,000 penalty units.

For more information about the Bill, click here.



Bill to curb feed in tariff payments for solar panels

The Queensland government has introduced a bill, to have effect from the date of its introduction, preventing households and small business entitled to the legacy 44 cent per kWh feed-in tariff under the Solar Bonus Scheme (axed in 2012) from installing batteries to boost their payments.

The Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2017 has been referred to the Public Works and Utilities Committee for an inquiry.

For information about the Bill, click here.


Bill to introduce container deposit scheme

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 was introduced on 15 June 2017.  The Bill proposes a range of amendments to clarify when waste becomes a waste-derived resource, and allowing the Minister to set end-user conditions to manage the potential environmental impacts of using waste-derived products.

The Bill also seeks to establish a container deposit scheme by mid-2018, and to ban both biodegradable and non-biodegradable lightweight plastic bags.

For information about the Bill, click here.


Special Wildlife Reserves proposed

The Queensland government has introduced the Nature Conservation (Special Wildlife Reserves) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, designed to create a new class of privately owned or managed protected areas - special wildlife reserves.

The Bill has been referred to the Agriculture and Environment Committee for review. For more information about the Bill, click here.


South Australia

Energy Security Target delayed

The SA Government has deferred the commencement of its Energy Security Target, initially intended to take effect on 1 July 2017, until 1 January 2018.  The delay will allow the government time to clarify the Federal Government’s response to the Finkel Review proposal for a Clean Energy Target and determine how the Energy Security Target can complement any national approach.

For more information, click here.



Changes to Mining Act 

On 15 June 2017, Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, introduced the Mineral Resources Development Amendment Bill 2017. The Bill seeks a range of technical amendments to the Act relating to security bonds, reporting requirements, compensation agreements and application information.

The Bill removes the requirement for the Minister to be satisfied regarding environmental impacts when granting a mining lease, a change the Minister announced would "end an avenue for frivolous appeals".  No previous appeals challenging a Minister's decision to grant a mining lease have relied on the provision proposed to be repealed. 

The Bill is yet to be debated. 

To read the Bill, click here.  For a summary of the proposed changes, click here.


Forests Bill defeated 

On 22 June 2017, the Legislative Council voted 7:5 against the proposed Forestry (Unlocking Production Forests) Bill 2017

The Bill sought to make 356,000 hectares of Future Potential Production Forest Land (currently subject to a moratorium until 2020) available for logging from 1 July 2018, and to allow the statutory sawlog quota to be met from both private contractors and Forestry Tasmania operations. The Bill was not supported by key industry body, Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, but had support from some small mill operators and special species timber workers.

The Bill's defeat means that the forests, identified as future reserves under the now-repealed Tasmanian Forest Agreement, will remain protected until 8 April 2020. After that date, any proposal to allow logging in those areas will require parliamentary approval, following consideration of demand for the resources, social and economic impacts of releasing the land, and any impact on Forest Stewardship Council certification.

For more information, click here.  



Energy Efficiency Regulations

On 19 June 2017, the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008 were amended to allow project-based activities to create multiple certificates at different premises, and to update the list of prescribed greenhouse gas schemes.

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017 were also enacted to add an additional method for creating certificates for approved bespoke projects, set out in a technical document.

To find out more about the changes, click here.


New Scheduled Premises Regulations

Following an extensive review process, the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017 commenced on 25 June 2017. The Regulations set out which types of premises are ‘scheduled premises’ requiring works approval or a licence from the EPA.

For a list of key changes from the previous regulations, click here.


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Policy developments and other news


Great Barrier Reef avoids ‘in-danger’ listing

On 6 July 2017, at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow, UNESCO declined to list the Great Barrier Reef as “World Heritage in Danger”.

The Committee “welcomed progress” on the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan, and encouraged the Australian government to “accelerate efforts” to meet longer term targets in the Plan.  The Committee also “noted with serious concern” the coral bleaching and mortality affecting the Reef, and recommended that the implications of climate change on Reef 2050 objectives be considered.

To read more about the decision, click here.  Hear more about the impacts of Reef 2050 from Revel Pointon at the NELA National Conference – register now!


New guidance on corporate carbon risk disclosure

The international Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures has released guidelines for climate-related financial disclosures for companies. The guidelines are intended to be voluntary, however some governments are considering making them mandatory.

To read the recommendations report and guidelines, click here.  Hear more about corporate climate-risk disclosure from Sarah Barker at the NELA National conference – register now!


Climate change, gender and human rights

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union has released an interim report providing policy recommendations for EU institutions and Member States on how human rights and gender equality could be integrated effectively within EU climate policies.

The paper is part of the broader project “The Road from Paris to Sustainable Development: Effectively Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality into all EU Climate Actions".

To read the interim report, click here.



EPBC water trigger report

The Department of Environment and Energy has released a departmental appraisal and report of an independent review into the 'water trigger' requiring Federal assessment of CSG and large mining projects likely to have a significant impact on water resources. 

The reports conclude that the water trigger has given important powers to the Federal Minister that can improve environmental outcomes without significant regulatory duplication.  The independent review recommended a comprehensive appraisal of state regulatory "systems, practice and policy" prior to any delegation of this Federal responsibility to the State governments.

Click on these links to read the independent review, and the departmental appraisal.

Join Michael Berkman and Mike Harold for a discussion of the regulation of groundwater impacts from mining projects at the NELA National conference – register now!


ERF landfill carbon credits methodology reviewed

The Emissions Reduction Fund advisory committee is reviewing the methodology used to determine whether landfill gas projects are entitled to earn carbon credits. Currently, credits are limited to seven years.  The Committee will consider whether the crediting period should be extended, and whether credited projects are genuinely going beyond business-as-usual to achieve emissions reductions.

For more information, click here.


Quarterly National Greenhouse Accounts released

The quarterly update outlining Australia’s national greenhouse gas emissions inventory up to December 2016 was released on 7 July 2017. The accounts show an overall reduction in emissions (including per capita and emissions intensity) from previous figures when land use changes are included, but a 1.4% increase in national emissions when the impacts of land use changes are excluded from calculations.

Recent analysis by Ndevr Environmental indicates there is likely to be a spike in electricity emissions for the quarter ending March 2017, the accounts for which are yet to be released.

To read the update, click here.


Commercial Building Disclosures requirements extended to smaller buildings

From 1 July 2017, the Commercial Building Disclosure Program, which requires sellers and lessors of commercial office space to disclose energy use details to potential buyers or tenants, will apply to premises greater than 1,000m2 (down from 2,000m2).

Affected owners will need to obtain a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate before the property is advertised for sale or lease, and to provide a copy of the certificate to interested parties. 

For more information, click here.


Reform proposed for Commonwealth procurement

The Australian Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Government Procurement, chaired by Senator Nick Xenophon, has released its report on the Commonwealth’s procurement framework.

Recommendations made in the report, Buying Into Our Future, include:

  • amending the rules to require all goods purchased by the Australian Government to comply with Australian standards;

  • the introduction of Australian Government policies to promote environmentally sustainable and human-rights compliant procurement, and best practice terms and conditions for subcontractor.

To read the report, click here. Hear more about green procurement practices from Jocelyn Bosse at the NELA National conference – register now!


APVMA audit identifies compliance issues

The National Audit Office has released its review of the operation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), concluding that the agency lacks a "fit-for-purpose investigation case management system", rarely undertakes proactive monitoring, is yet to embrace risk-based decision making, and engages in only limited enforcement activity.

To read the review, click here.


Energy System Security review released

The Australian Energy Market Commission has released its Final report of the System Security Market Frameworks review, recommending a series of changes to “support the shift towards new forms of generation while maintaining power system security.”  The report is supported by draft rules addressing risks to energy security created by new generation technologies and retirement of generators like coal.

For more information about the draft rules, see “Open for Comment” below. 


New South Wales

New guide for rural landowners

The NSW Government Local Land Services has released the South East Local Land Services Rural Living Guide to help rural landowners meet their land management obligations. The publication is a collaboration between landscape planner, Jack Miller, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Water NSW, and various government and community stakeholders.

To read the Guide, click here.


Northern Territory

Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee appointed

The NT government has announced 15 appointments to the reinstated Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee.  The Committee will be responsible for advising the Minister on the management of the harbour and its catchment and research and monitoring priorities.

For more information, click here.


South Australia

Final report on 2016 power failures

The Essential Services Commission has released its final report examining network restoration during significant weather events.  The report specifically examines the performance of the transmission and distribution network operators in response to power outages in September and December 2016 

The report concludes that both operators complied with their statutory obligations, but recommends a series of actions to improve future performance.

To read the report, click here.

On 7 July 2017, Premier Jay Weatherill announced that Tesla had put forward a successful tender to provide the world's largest lithium-ion battery by December 2017.  The battery will be charged by Neoen's Hornsdale wind farm, with priority access by the government in times of critical need.



EPA Director approves waste capture system

On 30 June 2017, the EPA Director approved Tassal's proposal to use a "Waste Capture System" to collect fish waste from leases in Macquarie Harbour.

Under a biomass determination revised in June 2017, Tassal is authorised to stock an additional 4,000t of salmon across two Macquarie Harbour leases (MF214 and MF219) with the waste capture systems in operation. Tassal's Franklin lease, which had to be destocked earlier this year due to its poor environmental condition, cannot be used.

The EPA Director has issued an Environment Protection Notice regulating the waste capture system, and released a redacted Environmental Management Plan.

For more information, click here.


Government response to review of Climate Change Act

On 21 June 2017, the Tasmanian Government released the report from the independent statutory review of the Climate Change (State Actions) Act 2009 undertaken in 2016. The review makes the following recommendations for amending the Act:

  1. Set an aspirational target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

  2. Consolidate the objects of the Act around four themes – targets and reporting, reducing emissions, adaptation and complementarity with national and international approaches.

  3. Provide a clear set of principles for decision-making on climate change.

  4. Require Tasmanian Government agencies to consider the target, objects and proposed principles in relation to relevant decisions.

  5. Introduce a statutory requirement for the Tasmanian Government to have a climate change action plan, subject to regular review.

In its response to the review, the Tasmanian Government expressed full support for the first three recommendations, and in-principle support for the final two.

To read the review and government response, click here



Report into management of invasive species on Crown land released

A parliamentary inquiry investigating the control of invasive species on Crown Land has issued its final report.  The report makes a range of findings and recommendations regarding monitoring and management of invasive species, reporting illegal hunting activities and greater transparency in relation to trial eradication programs.

To read the report, click here.


Western Australia

Strategic assessment for BHP Pilbara mines approved

On 19 June 2017, Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, approved a strategic assessment allowing BHP to operate iron ore mines in the Pilbara for 100 years, subject to procedures set out in the approved environmental program.

Under the agreement, BHP is still required to invite public comment on new mining activities, and revisions of environmental management plans, and must review the program’s effectiveness every 5 years.

Matters of national environmental significance considered by the strategic assessment include the Northern Quoll, Greater Bilby, Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bat, Pilbara Olive Python and the Hamersley Leipdium.

For more information, click here.


Fitzgerald Biosphere Reserve to be expanded

An enlarged and amended re-nomination of the 1978 Fitzgerald Biosphere Reserve has been recognised by UNESCO as part of the World Biosphere Network. The Biosphere Reserve has been expanded from 330,000ha to 1.5 million ha, including a marine component. Its buffer zone has been redesigned to make it contiguous around the Fitzgerald River National Park and to remove areas subject to mineral leases.

For more information, click here.


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In the courts

New South Wales

Turnbull land clearing appeal rejected

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Grant Turnbull against an order requiring remediation of 224ha, following a finding by the Land and Environment Court that more than 500ha of the Turnbull property had been unlawfully cleared.

Mr Turnbull (whose father was imprisoned for the death of a compliance officer investigating the unlawful clearing in 2014) argued that remediation was only required over 30ha.  The Court rejected his argument and held that the methodology used by the lower court to determine the remediation requirements was appropriate.

To read the decision in Chief Executive of the Office of Environment and Heritage v Turnbull (No 4) [2016] NSWLEC 66, click here.


Community group ordered to pay Santos' costs

Earlier in 2017, People for the Plains were unsuccessful in an appeal arguing that Santos required a permit for its Leewood water reuse project, as the project was not authorised by the company’s CSG exploration approval.  The group sought orders that each party to the appeal bear its own costs, given the public interest nature of the proceeding.

The NSW Court of Appeal was not satisfied that the case would have any determinative effect on other applications or broader public interest implications and noted that, even if the litigation was characterised as ‘public interest’, the appellants were not automatically exempt from costs.

To read the decision in People for the Plains Incorporated v Santos NSW (Eastern) Pty Ltd (No 2) [2017] NSWCA 157, click here.


Breach of dangerous goods rules costs contractor $84,000

A contractor transporting flammable polymeric beads has been fined for failing to obtain a dangerous goods licence or transportation documentation, and for “manifestly inadequate” safety practices.

The company was fined $84,000 and ordered to pay the EPA’s legal costs.  The driver was also fined $2,800.

To read the decision in EPA v Hill; EPA v Stockwell International Pty Ltd [2017] NSWLEC 72, click here.



Abbot Point expansion approval valid

The Queensland Supreme Court has dismissed an application by Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping seeking judicial review of the decision to grant an environmental authority for Adani’s Abbot Point coal port expansion. The group had alleged that the decision maker had failed to properly consider the proposal against the sustainability objectives of the legislation.

To read the decision in Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping Ltd v Chief Executive, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection & Anor [2017] QSC 121, click here.



Review of Tarkine mining leases dismissed

On 23 June 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed two applications from the Tarkine National Coalition to review decisions of successive Ministers to grant mining leases for Venture Minerals' Mt Lindsay and Livingstone mines.   

The TNC alleged that the Minister could not have been satisfied that the criteria for granting the leases had been met. In particular, the TNC argued that the Minister did not have a copy of the mining plan or key financial information when making the decision, and did not turn his mind to the risks and benefits of each proposal.

Justice Estcourt found that the Ministers could rely on summaries of mining lease applications prepared by Departmental staff and, having regard to those summaries, was satisfied the Ministers had decided that relevant criteria were met. His Honour also held that the Ministers could be assumed to have considered risks and benefits, even where the statement of reasons did not explicitly outline that consideration. 

To read the Supreme Court's decision, click here.  For a summary and background, click here.



Farmer ordered to pay over $7 million in damages over spray drift

The Victorian Supreme Court has ordered a farmer whose use of 2,4-D, glyphosate and metsulfuron-methyl poisoned an adjacent vineyard to pay over $7 million in damages.  The judge was satisfied that the farmer had been negligent, and that the spray drift had rendered the vineyard commercially unviable for several years.

The damages covered lost grape sales, the cost of rehabilitation and re-establishing the vineyard, plus interest.

To read the decision in Riverman Orchards Pty Ltd v Hayden [2017] VSC 379, click here.


Western Australia

Challenge to Yeelirrie uranium project

The Conservation Council of Western Australia has commenced proceedings against the decision to grant environmental approval for Cameco's Yeelirrie uranium project.

The approval was granted by the Barnett government in January, despite advice from the EPA that the proposed mine was environmentally unacceptable due to impacts on subterranean fauna.

The new McGowan government has said that it will allow already approved uranium mines to proceed, but will not approve new mines.  If the appeal is successful, it is unlikely that a fresh approval would be granted.

To read more about the appeal, click here.  


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Open for comment


Tax status of Environmental Organisations

A Treasury Discussion Paper, entitled Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities, outlines a range of proposed restrictions on the eligibility of environmental NGOs to receive tax-deductible donations. The proposals reflect recommendations made by a House of Representatives Inquiry last year.

Proposals include requiring ENGOs to spend at least 25% (and, potentially, up to 50%) of their revenue on on-ground remediation activities, rather than advocacy, research, education or litigation activities, and allowing groups engaging in activities deemed unlawful, contrary to public policy or explicitly political (such as endorsing or opposing particular candidates) to have their tax-exempt status revoked.

Comments on the paper can be made until 14 July 2017.  For more information, click here


Role of Australian Government in development of cities

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities is conducting an Inquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities, sustainability transitions in existing cities and growing new sustainable regional cities and towns.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 21 July 2017. For more information, click here.


Climate change and national security

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee is conducting an inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 4 August 2017.  For more information, click here.


AEMC Draft determination and rule

As part of its final report into the Review of the Energy Security System, the AEMC has released the following documents for comment:

Comments on the draft determination and rule can be made until 8 August 2017.  For more information, click here.


Climate change impacts to built environment

The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee is conducting an inquiry into the current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, including water supply, transportation and energy infrastructure, and the adequacy of current climate policies.

Submissions can be made until 14 August 2017 (extended from earlier deadline).  For more information, click here.


Gas Pipeline Regulation review

The Australian Energy Market Commission has published an issues paper into the effectiveness of gas pipeline regulation. Feedback on the issues paper will inform a draft report, to be released in February 2018.

Comments on the issues paper can be made until 22 August 2017. For more information, click here.


New South Wales

Illegal dumping strategy

The EPA has released a consultation paper on a proposed illegal dumping strategy.  Comments can be made until 31 July 2017.  For more information, click here.


Draft management plans for parks and reserves

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking feedback on the following draft management plans:


Draft guidance on environmental impact assessments

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released nine draft guides addressing EIA processes for state significant developments such as new mines, industrial facilities, power plants and waste facilities.

The guides cover community participation, scoping and preparing EIAs, responding to external submissions, conducting community and stakeholder engagement, modifications to existing projects, peer-review and condition setting.

Comments on the draft guides can be made until 1 September 2017.  Community information sessions are being held across the state throughout July and August. For more information, click here.


Northern Territory

NT EPA issues separation distance guidance

The Northern Territory EPA has issued draft guidance on land use separation distances between sensitive land uses and existing or proposed industrial activities.

Comments on the draft guideline can be made until 8 August 2017.  For more information, click here.



Draft Water Monitoring and Sampling Manual

A draft manual addressing sampling design, scientific assessment and data handling under the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 has been released for comment. 

Comments on the draft Manual can be made until 31 July 2017.  For more information, click here.


South Australia

Tallaringa Conservation Park Management Plan

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is seeking feedback on the draft management plan for Tallaringa Conservation Park.

Submissions can be made until 14 July 2017. For more information, click here.



Draft salmon farming legislation

The draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017 has been released for public comment. The draft Bill formally transfers responsibility for environmental regulation to the EPA, creates a new Environmental Licence to regulate farming operations and allows marine areas to be declared “marine farming exclusion zones.”

Comments on the draft Bill can be made until 28 July 2017. For more information, click here.

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


(Sydney) Australasian Groundwater Conference  

Join the UNSW Global Water Institute for a gathering of experts to discuss emerging groundwater issues, climate change impacts, human health assessments and interdisciplinary approaches to groundwater management.

When:  11 – 13 July 2017

Where: UNSW Kensington Campus

For more information, click here.


(Sydney) Clean energy summit 

Join the Clean Energy Council for the 2017 summit discussing policy settings, technology and economic issues.

When:  18-19 July 2017

Where: Hilton, Sydney

For more information, click here.


Header(Hobart) Salmon Farming: Proposed Regulatory Changes

NELA and EIANZ are hosting a morning seminar to hear from EPA Director, Wes Ford, about proposed changes to the regulatory framework for salmon farming in Tasmania. The event includes a light breakfast.

When: 27 July 2017, 7:30am – 9:00am

Where: Mathers Place Lower Conference Room, 108 Bathurst St, Hobart

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


Header(Perth) Meet the Minister seminar

NELA WA and Allens are pleased to host a breakfast networking event, with special guest Stephen Dawson, Western Australian Environment Minister, presenting on Government environmental initiatives.

When: 1 August 2017, 7:45am – 9:00am

Where:  Allens Level 37 QV.1 Building, 250 St Georges Terrace Perth 6000

To RSVP, click here.


Header(Brisbane) NELA National Conference

The theme for this year’s NELA National Conference is Addressing Past Harm, Managing Future Risks.

Hear from experts including Dr Bill Jackson, Land Court President Fleur Kingham, Sarah Barker, Saul Holt QC, Greg McIntyre SC, Matthew Austin and Professor Ben Richardson about the state of Australia’s environment, how various States are addressing past impacts, and innovative mechanisms being explored to avoid future harm.

When:  4 August 2017

Where:  King & Wood Mallesons, Brisbane

For program and registration details, click here. – register now to avoid missing out!


(Perth) NRM and Coastal Conference:  Adapting in a Changing World

Join NRM and coastal experts, managers, practitioners and community members to discuss knowledge and experiences in programs that improve coastal, land and water management.

When:  29-31 August 2017

Where:  Curtin University, Bentley, Perth

For program and registration details, click here


(Sydney) National Energy Summit:  Can We Solve the Crisis?

The Australian Financial Review in association with Deloitte are pleased to announce the inaugural National Energy Summit, featuring keynote presentations from Minister for the Environment and Energy, Hon Josh Frydenberg, and  Andrew Vesey, Managing Director & CEO of AGL

When:  9-10 October 2017

Where:  Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney

For program and registration details, click here.


(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.


(Hobart) Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice

The University of Tasmania is hosting a global, multidisciplinary conference examining the barriers to responding to climate change, implementing climate justice, and proposing ways forward.

When:  8-9 February 2018

Where: University of Tasmania

Abstracts for the conference must be submitted by 7 August 2017. For more information, click here.


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The NELA Bulletin is researched and written entirely by volunteers.

NELA thanks this month’s contributors:

  • Jess Feehely, EDO Tasmania - editor
  • Natasha Hammond – contributor, NSW
  • Hanna Jaireth – contributor, Cth