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November 2017 Bulletin

 

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NELA news and events
01. NELA WA End of Year Sundowner
02. NELA Essay Competition
03. Membership
04. Policy Interest Groups

 
Law and policy developments

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

 
Events

10. (Perth) EDOWA Art Auction
11. (Melbourne) Can Australia fix its energy mess?
12. (Sydney) Waste: levy, proximity and management
13. (Perth) NELA WA End of Year Sundowner
14. (Canberra) ANU Energy Update
15. (Sydney) Environment professionals' management workshop
16. (Melbourne) Energy market reform
17. (Hobart) Frontiers of Environmental Law Colloquium
18. (Hobart) Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice
19. (Hobart) Coast to Coast: Meeting on the Margins

 


NELA News & Events

NELA WA End of Year Sundowner

On 28 November 2017, join NELA WA to celebrate the close of another successful year and hear from leading experts, Michael Voros and Andrew Mack, about upcoming waste reforms in WA.

For details, see “Events” below or click here.

 

NELA Essay Competition

The NELA Essay Competition is now open, seeking essays from undergraduate and postgraduate students at Australian universities. Essays can address any contemporary issue facing Australian environmental law and must be submitted by 18 December 2017

For guidelines and submission details, click here.

 

Membership

Have you renewed your NELA membership yet? By renewing your membership for 2017-2018, you can help us to keep delivering great events and publications, having a say on national and international environmental decision-making, and facilitating debate on key environmental law issues.

To join or renew, click here.

 

Policy Interest Groups

Joining NELA’s policy interest groups is a great way to network with colleagues working in your field across the country, and to contribute your expertise to NELA’s policy work. We are currently looking for input into our submission to the Senate Inquiry into Water Use by the Extractive Industry, particularly case studies from WA and Queensland. If you’re interested in contributing, please email review@nela.org.au (contributions needed by early December 2017). 

You can join interest groups on the Members page of our website.

 

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Law and policy development

International

COP 23 to focus on Paris Agreement

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is being held in Bonn (under the Presidency of Fiji) from 6–17 November 2017. The conference and associated meetings will focus on technical issues related to implementing the Paris Agreement and Protocol, such as mitigation, nationally-determined contributions, transparency, the global stocktake, finance, adaptation and capacity building, loss and damage, and the local communities and indigenous peoples’ platform.

At the outset of the conference, Syria signed the Paris Agreement, making the United States the only member state not currently a signatory.

For updates on COP23, go to cop23.unfccc.int.

 

Funding announcements at Ocean conference

At Our Ocean 2017 in Malta in early October 2017, the Australian Government made a number of funding announcements, including:

  • $1.95M for the Pacific Maritime Boundaries Project which provides technical and legal support to the Pacific Island countries to finalise outstanding maritime boundaries and jurisdictional issues concerning fisheries, deep sea mining and climate change
  • $3M for the Blue Economy Challenge and "Aquacelerator" program, including support for the aquaculture industry and innovation networks
  • $15M for the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), launched in 2006 as a national collaborative research infrastructure in Australia's coastal areas and open oceans.

 

Commonwealth

Illegal logging laws to be amended

Proposed amendments of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 (Cth) seek to change timber import rules by introducing a ‘deemed to comply’ arrangement for importers or processors of timber products certified under accredited certification schemes (such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) scheme). The Regulations will also introduce higher penalties for businesses and individuals that fail to comply with due diligence obligations.

For details of the proposed amendments, click here.  For analysis of the potential for the amendments to ‘water down’ import standards, click here.

 

Amendments to Fisheries laws

The Fisheries Legislation Amendment (Representation) Bill 2017 (Cth) was passed on 6 November 2017. The Bill amends the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 and the Fisheries Management Act 1991 to require the Minister and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to take the interests of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers into account when making management decisions about fisheries.

The Bill also provides for the AFMA Board to include commissioners with expertise in recreational or Indigenous fishing and to try to include recreational fishers on advisory committees, and restricts the appointment of commissioners who hold an executive position in a fishing organisation.

 

Australian Capital Territory

Container deposit legislation passed

On 31 October 2017, the Legislative Assembly passed the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Act 2017. The Act will establish a container deposit scheme in the Territory, aligned with the imminent scheme to be introduced in NSW and those already in place in SA and the NT, and amend the waste licensing and registration provisions. 

 

New South Wales

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Act 2017

On 13 October 2017, this Act was passed to “clarify the test for granting development consent in relation to the Sydney drinking water catchment and to validate a development consent relating to the Springvale mine extension.”   The amendments require new developments to have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality, while existing developments wishing to expand will remain subject to existing standards.

The amendments follow a recent NSW Court of Appeal decision invalidating the approval of the mine extension.

 

Queensland

Following the dissolution of parliament on 29 October 2017, all undecided Bills before the Parliament at that time have lapsed.  The suite of lapsed Bills includes:

 

Tasmania 

Special Species Management Plan finalised

The final Tasmanian Special Species Timber Management Plan 2017 has been released. The plan, developed under the Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014, regulates harvesting of special species such as Huon Pine, Celery Top Pine and Myrtle in production forests and in "future potential production forests" (FPPF land - currently protected from harvesting).

Applications to harvest special species timber from within FPPF land cannot be approved unless the proposal is consistent with the Plan, and the timber is not available within existing production forests. 

 

Mineral Resources Development Act amended 

The Mineral Resources Development Amendment Bill 2017 has been passed by the Legislative Council. The Bill makes a range of technical amendments to the Act relating to security bonds, reporting requirements, compensation agreements and application information.

 

Victoria

Bill to implement Water for Victoria plan

The Water and Catchment Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 seeks to implement the new Water for Victoria strategic plan by amending the Water Act and the Catchment and Land Protection Act to provide for consideration of Aboriginal values and uses of water resources, as well as recreational values.

The Bill also seeks to validate charges imposed for salinity mitigation works, some of which are currently subject to litigation in the Supreme Court. 

 

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Policy developments and other news

International

No agreement reached on East Antarctica marine sanctuary

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), comprising representatives of 24 nations and the EU, met in Hobart in late October and discussed (among many other things) plans for a marine protected area in East Antarctica.

Despite general support, the parties did not reach agreement on the proposal and deferred further discussion to the 2018 meeting. For an analysis of the negotiations, click here.

 

Commonwealth

Review of GBRMPA governance arrangements

Dr Wendy Craik has released her independent review of the governance arrangements of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, making a number of recommendations to improve independence and representation.

 

DoEE guide to regulation role

The Department of the Environment and Energy has released a “Regulatory Framework” outlining the way in which the Department develops and administers environmental and energy regulation.

 

Prime Minister Rejects Uluru Statement

The Prime Minister has announced that the Government will not accept recommendations made by the Referendum Council to implement the Uluru Statement.  The recommendations included:

  • A referendum to amend the Australian Constitution to provide for a representative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander body to be a "Voice to the Commonwealth Parliament"
  • A non-Constitutional Declaration of Recognition to be reflected in legislation passed by all Australian parliaments

Cabinet voted that the recommendations were not "desirable or capable of winning acceptance", but stated that the Government "remains committed to finding effective ways to develop stronger local voices and empowerment of local people."

Many members of the Referendum Council and the broader Aboriginal community have expressed anger and disappointment at the announcement.

 

Senate report calls for overhaul of EPBC Act to reduce development restrictions

The Senate Red Tape Committee has released its interim report on environmental assessments and approvals. Interim recommendations include reinstating the One Stop Shop policy, removing the "water trigger", repealing the standing provisions that allow ENGOs to challenge government decisions, and expediting the review of the EPBC Act with a view to "reducing the burden" it imposes on development.

The Senate Committee will deliver its final report in December 2017.

 

IPA report calls for overhaul of threatened species laws

The Senate Red Tape report coincided with the release of the Institute for Public Affairs' report, Decentralising the Protection of Australian Threatened Species. The report criticises what it describes as "regulatory overlap and uncertainty" in Australia's threatened species protection regime and calls for responsibility for management to be left to States and Territories.  It also calls for amendments to restrict third party appeals.

 

Human Rights record of resource companies under spotlight

The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility has released its report on Human Rights and Australian Listed Companies, examining the human rights performance and risk disclosure of ASX listed companies. The report rates BHP highly, but raises concerns about the performance of some other companies, including Graincorp.

 

ACT

Audit of Climate Policy shows good progress

The ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Professor Kate Auly has completed her audit of the implementation of the ACT Government’s climate change policy and commended the ACT Government’s leadership. The audit recognised achievements in relation to large-scale renewable electricity contracts, the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund, the Next Gen Battery Storage program and the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme, and the ongoing challenge of reducing transport emissions.

The audit report makes a number of recommendations, to which the ACT Government will respond within six months.

 

New South Wales

Site Audit Guidelines amended

On 20 October 2017, a new version of the Contaminated Land Management – Guidelines for the NSW Site Auditor Scheme was gazetted, giving effect to a range of changes in audit procedure.

To read the new Guidelines, click here.  For a summary of the changes, click here.

 

South Australia

Carbon planning tool

The Environment Minister has released a guide to carbon planting, providing advice to those interested in land-based carbon offset projects to understand risks, assess carbon sequestration potential, and identify opportunities across the state.

 

Tasmania

takayna 4WD tracks to require Federal approval

The Federal Minister (by delegate) has determined that proposed works to re-open off-road vehicle tracks in the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape is a controlled action and will require assessment and approval under the EPBC Act before the project can proceed. In long-running Federal court proceedings, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre argued that the project was a controlled action, while the State government contended that the works were not likely to have a significant impact on national heritage.

The project will be assessed by way of Public Environment Report.  No guidelines for the PER have been declared to date.  

 

Pulp Mill Permit surrendered

During debate on the Greens' Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017, the Treasurer revealed that Gunns’ liquidator, KordaMentha, has formally surrendered the licence to operate the pulp mill, effectively relinquishing any authority to proceed with the project.  

The deadline for the company to “substantially commence” the project expired in August 2017.  However, it had not previously been clear that KordaMentha would not seek to rely on work done prior to that date to demonstrate substantial commencement. 

 

Western Australia

Auditor General Report on the Management of Pastoral Lands

The WA Auditor General has released his report on the management of pastoral lands in WA. The audit concluded that the ecological sustainability of pastoral lands is not adequately protected by the State’s current system of land monitoring and administration.

The audit found, among other things, that the State does not have good knowledge of land condition, with annual lease monitoring declining from 15% of all leases in 2009 to less than 3%. The audit also found that policies and agency programs offer little land management support to lessees and do not create support for a sustainable pastoral industry.

Recommendations in the report include improving lease monitoring and compliance, making better use of satellite imagery to monitor land condition, and exploring opportunities to provide more guidance to lessees.

To read the report, click here.

In response to the report, the WA Government has announced that Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food, Alannah MacTiernan, will work to progress pastoral lands reform to increase diversification, streamline the approvals process and increase security of tenure.

 

Old-growth jarrah in Barrabup forest

An assessment of a harvest coupe within Barrabup forest carried out by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions identified 43 hectares of jarrah old-growth forest within an area set to be logged, and 1.2 hectares of old-growth forest that had already been impacted by roadworks.  The assessment followed concerns raised by the public that old-growth forest had not been detected in the initial assessment authorising the work. 

The WA Government has indicated that the Forest Products Commission will rehabilitate the affected parts of old-growth forest areas, and improve procedures to minimise the risk of old-grow forest not being identified in future assessments.

For more information, click here.

 

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In the courts

New South Wales

Leave to appeal land clearing decision refused

On 8 November 2017, the High Court dismissed an application by Grant Turnbull for special leave to appeal against orders made by the Land and Environment Court in 2016 requiring him to remediate areas of his Croppa Creek property, following unauthorised clearing of approximatley 500ha of vegetation.

For more information, click here.

 

Queensland

Contamination clean-up order overturned

The Planning and Environment Court has held that a contamination clean-up order issued by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) in response to acid soil run-off from a Gold Coast golf course was invalid. While both parties agreed that the golf course run-off contributed to contamination of canal waters, the owners successfully argued that the contamination occurred prior to their purchase of the golf course and was not “caused” by them. 

DEHP argued that the current owner had control over land and drains contributing to the contamination, knew of the problem, but had failed to undertake work to address the problem.

The Court was satisfied that there were a number of factors contributing to the contamination, including historic government encouragement of development in the area, and there was no evidence that the works required in the DEHP notice would effectively address the harm.

To read the decision in Hungtat Worldwide Pty Ltd v Chief Executive of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection [2017] QPEC 62, click here.

 

Tasmania

High Court rules on anti-protest laws

On 18 October 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in the challenge to Tasmania's Workplace (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014. Former Senator Bob Brown had brought the action following his arrest under the Act while protesting against logging in the north of Tasmania.

In a majority decision, the High Court held that the law imposed a significant and unwarranted burden on the implied Constitutional freedom of political communication. The court found that, while the aim of protecting workplaces was legitimate, the restrictions in the Act were disproportionate and unnecessary to achieve that aim. The judgment described the legislation as confusing, vague and poorly drafted.

To read the judgement, click here.  For a good analysis of its implications, click here

 

Record fine for marine pollution

Fishing company Australian Longline has been fined $40,000 for releasing 400 litres of diesel fuel from its boat, Janas, while docked at Macquarie Wharf in 2015.  The spill resulted in an oil slick in habitat for the endangered spotted handfish and Derwent sea star.

Magistrate Simon Cooper noted that, while no evidence of actual environmental harm was presented, there was a clear risk of harm. He was satisfied that the crew had failed to take precautions to avoid the spill, and the consequences of that failure could have been very significant. The ship's captain was also fined $5,000.

While the fine is significantly higher than previous fines for environmental harm in Tasmania, it remains much lower than the maximum available penalty for such offences (currently $395,000).

 

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Open for comment

Commonwealth

Non-road spark emission standards

The Product Emissions Standards Act 2017 commenced on 15 September 2017. The Minister has released draft standards rules for the first round of emissions-controlled products, being non-road spark ignition engines and equipment.

 Comments on the draft rules can be made until 27 November 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Feedback sought on environmental investments under Water Act 2007

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder has released a Discussion Paper – Development of a Framework for Investing in Environmental Activities. Under s 106 of the Water Act 2007, the Water Holder can sell water and invest in environmental activities that will improve environmental outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Comments on the discussion paper can be made until 30 November 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Offshore Exploration Policy Reforms

The Commonwealth Government is considering how it will attract offshore oil and gas exploration investment in the future, including whether to maintain its current annual acreage release program or introduce a more streamlined system. 

A discussion paper outlining potential reforms is available for public comment until 8 December 2017.  For more information, click here

 

PFOS phase-out options considered

A regulatory impact statement has been released on options for a national phase out of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals, ranging from a national legislative approach to no regulation. The government is seeking feedback on the additional data and information needed to identify the best options.

Comments can be made until 18 December 2017.  For more information, click here.


New South Wales

Draft waste infrastructure strategy

The NSW Government has released a draft waste and resource recovery infrastructure strategy to respond to the significant shortfall in capacity for treating mixed waste expected by 2021.

Comments on the draft strategy can be made until 20 November 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000

The Department of Planning and Environment is undertaking a review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 seeking to “remove any unnecessary complexities or outdated rules which make the system hard to use.”

Comments on the review can be made until 24 November 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Draft marine estate management strategy

The NSW government has released a draft marine estate management strategy.  The Strategy identifies priority management issues and sets out a 10-year plan to address major threats to coastal wetlands, estuaries, lakes and waters.

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

 

Draft construction waste regulation

The Environment Protection Authority has released draft Protection of the Environment Operations Legislation Amendment (Waste) Regulation 2017 and draft minimum standards proposing a range of changes to ensure appropriate management, production and use of materials recovered from construction waste. Changes include deductions for transported waste and operational purposes, a ban on landfill mining, improved monitoring and increased enforcement options.

Comments on the draft regulations and standards can be made until 12 December 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Aboriginal cultural heritage laws proposed

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper detailing a proposed new legal framework “to improve the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is protected, managed and celebrated in NSW.”

The consultation period has been extended until 2 March 2018.   For more information, click here.

 

Consolidated environment policy

The Department of Planning and Environment has released a draft State Environmental Planning Policy to replace existing SEPPs on Sydney's drinking water catchment, the Sydney Harbour Catchment, canal estate development, bushland in urban areas, the Georges River, the Hawkesbury-Nepean, and the Willandra Lakes heritage property.

Comments on the consolidated SEPP can be made until 15 January 2018.  For more information, click here.

 

Tasmania 

Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy Review

The Tasmanian Government’s Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy has been in place since 2013 and provides a framework for the use of Aboriginal names for naming Tasmanian places. To date, 13 dual names have been declared under the Policy, with a further 11 under consideration.

The Government has released an Issues Paper seeking feedback on the Policy, including the nomination and consultation process.  

Comments can be made until 22 December 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Victoria

Victoria Planning Provisions

The Victorian Planning Provisions guiding land use planning decisions are under review.  The Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions discussion paper outlines a number of proposals to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the planning system.

Comments on the discussion paper can be made until 24 November 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Waste to Energy paper

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has released a discussion paper, Turning Waste into Energy, for public comment.  Feedback on the paper will assist in the development of a waste to energy strategy in 2018.

Comments on the discussion paper can be made until 24 December 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Plastic bag ban

The Victorian Government has released a discussion paper outlining plans to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in 2018, and options for future management approaches for plastic pollution. 

Comments on the proposals can be made until 25 January 2018.  For more information, click here.

 

Western Australia

Waste levy and waste management discussion paper

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has issued a discussion paper proposing legislative reforms to strengthen the regulatory framework for waste management. Proposals include consolidating landfill categories, amending the definition of waste disposal to expand the application of levies, introducing waste avoidance and resources recovery objectives into the Environmental Protection Act, and mandating the use of weighbridges at waste facilities.

Comments on the discussion paper can be made until 16 November 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Draft Burrup Rock Art Strategy

The WA Government has released a draft strategy to protect Aboriginal rock art on the Burrup Peninsula. The strategy builds on previous studies conducted in response to concerns that industrial emissions may be impacting the rock art. The strategy provides for monitoring to determine whether accelerated change is occurring and outlines other studies required to determine the causes.

Comments on the strategy may be made until 1 December 2017. For more information, click here.

 

Draft Planned or Managed Retreat Guidelines

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has released the Draft Planned or Managed Retreat Guidelines, designed to support the State Coastal Planning Policy and assist decision-makers to implement strategies in response to coastal hazards.

Submissions can be made until 15 December 2017.  For more information, click here.

 

Waste Strategy review

The Waste Authority is reviewing WA’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy and has prepared a consultation paper which sets out proposed amendments to the strategy.

The proposals include the introduction of three new objectives: to minimise the environmental impact of waste, to reduce the generation of waste, and to increase the recovery of resources from waste. The consultation paper sets out actions that should be taken to achieve those objectives and identifies waste generation and resource recovery targets. The proposed targets would bring WA's waste generation in line with the national average, and aim to recycle or recover 75% of all waste by 2030.

Comments on the proposed amendments can be made 1 March 2018. For more information, click here.

 

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Opportunities

International online courses

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) offers free online courses to the public. Several on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, climate change issues and conflict resolution may be of interest to environmental lawyers.  For example:

  • Climate Change International Legal Regime, a 3-hour self-paced course looking at the mechanisms established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the key provisions and commitments established by the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.
  • Human Rights and the Environment, a 3 hour self-paced course outlining the bases for the application of human rights to the environmental issues, and the procedural and substantive obligations relating to the environment

The World Bank is also offering a free online course from 13 November – 4 December 2017 (approx. 30 hours in total) on Designing, Measuring (and monitoring), Reporting and Verification Systems for Entity-Level Greenhouse Gas Emissions. To enroll, 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!

(Perth)  EDOWA Art Auction

EDOWA’s online Art Auction is now live on Galabid, inviting bids on a range of incredible local artworks to raise funds for EDO WA’s public interest environmental law work.

Bids can be made until 30 November 2017.  To see the catalogue and get involved, click here.

(Melbourne) Can Australia fix its energy mess?

The Grattan Institute’s final Energy Futures Forum features the chair of the Energy Security Board, Kerry Schott, chair of the ACCC, Rod Sims, and Professor Michael Brear reflecting on 2017 and what we need in 2018.

When: 22 November 2017, 6pm

Where: Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building 149, University of Melbourne

For more information, click here.

 

(Sydney) Waste: levy, proximity and management

The Australian Sustainable Business Group is hosting a half or full day seminar discussing the significant changes in the draft POEO Amendment (Waste) Regulation 2017, and exemptions for waste classification and use of resource recovery.

When: 24 November 2017

Where: Henry Davis York, Level 10, 44 Martin Place

For more information, click here.

 

Header (Perth) NELA WA End of Year Sundowner

Join NELA WA to celebrate the close of another successful year and hear from Michael Voros (Herbert Smith Freehills) and Andrew Mack (Talis) about upcoming waste reforms in WA.

When:  28 November 2017, 5:00pm

Where: Metro Bar & Grill, Perth

For details, click here.

 

(Canberra) ANU Energy Update

The Energy Change Institute summit brings together energy researchers, policymakers, industry experts, including Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, to provide an overview of the latest world energy trends. 

When: 29 November 2017

Where: Copland Lecture Theatre, Kingsley Street, ANU

For more information, click here.

 

(Sydney) Environment professionals' management workshop

The Australian Sustainable Business Group is hosting an intensive 2-day workshop to provide the knowledge and tools to manage day-to-day environmental obligations as a professional environmental manager. 

When:  28 - 29 November 2017

Where: The Chatswood Club

For more information, click here.  

 

(Melbourne) Energy market reform

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will be delivering the keynote address at this Committee for Economic Development event.

When: 1 December 2017, 11:45am

Where: Sofitel, Melbourne

For more information, click here

 

Header (Hobart) Frontiers of Environmental Law Colloquium

The fourth annual Frontiers of Environmental Law colloquium brings together academic teachers and researchers to share ideas, research and teaching practices in the diverse, multi-disciplinary field of environmental law.

When: 6-7 February 2018

Where: UTAS, Hobart

The colloquium is sponsored by NELA, the Law Futures Centre of Griffith University and the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law. To find out more, 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:  8-10 February 2017

Where: University of Tasmania

For more information, click here.

 

(Hobart) Coast to Coast: Meeting on the Margins

The 14th biennial Coast to Coast conference is an opportunity to take stock in the face of many governments retreating from coastal management, and to rejuvenate discussion and rebuild a national community of coastal practitioners.  The conference will feature presentations from government, research, natural resource management, community organisations and consultants working on coastal issues.

When:  16-20 April 2018

Where:  Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart 

Abstracts can be submitted until 15 December 2017.  For information, click here

 

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The NELA Bulletin is researched and written entirely by volunteers.
This month, we thank the following contributors:

  • Jess Feehely - editor
  • Hanna Jaireth – contributor, international, Cth and ACT
  • Rosie Phillips – contributor, WA
  • Natasha Hammond – contributor, NSW