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The Environmental Defender’s Office of Western Australia (EDOWA) is a not-for-profit and non-government organisation that specialises in public interest environmental law.

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News & Current Matters

  • Media Release – EDOWA’s Response to EPA Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Media Release – EDOWA’s Response to EPA Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The Environmental Defender’s Office WA supports the governance framework developed by the WA Environmental Protection Authority for greenhouse gas emissions through the Environmental Factor Guideline and Technical Guidance documents.

  • EDOWA Welcomes the EPA’s New Guidance on Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    EDOWA Welcomes the EPA’s New Guidance on Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Today the EPA released its anticipated revised guidance on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from significant new or expanding proposals in Western Australia. EDOWA coordinated submissions with the Conservation Council of WA and The Wilderness Society WA to the EPA in relation to this guidance. In line with the suggestions we made in our submissions, the... Read more »

  • February Bulletin 2019

    February Bulletin 2019

    We have kick-started the year with a number of positive environmental law developments discussed below. EDOWA looks forward to another year of protecting WA’s unique environment through advice and representation on public interest environmental law matters. We bid farewell to Declan Doherty who is finishing his tenure as Principal Solicitor in March. We thank Declan... Read more »

“Empowering the community to protect the environment through law”

Protection of WA’s environment by providing individuals and community groups with environmental legal services including advice, education, representation and opportunity to participate in reform of laws affecting the environment.

Discover our history

  • Hi, I am Hugh

    Hugh is a lecturer at the Curtin Law School with a research focus in environmental law and policy. He obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences from Murdoch University in 2005 and has worked extensively as a wildlife biologist, both in Australia and internationally. Hugh enjoys learning through the eyes of his four-year old son and also serves on management committee of an early childhood learning centre.

    Dr. Hugh Finn
    EDOWA Convenor

  • Hi, I am Ruby

    Ruby graduated from the UWA Juris Doctor in 2017 and was admitted to practice in December 2018. Ruby enjoys working with the passionate EDOWA team on a wide range of legal matters, especially public interest litigation, environmental law reform, and administrative review of government action.

    Ruby Hamilton

  • Hi, I am Victoria

    Victoria graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 and was admitted to practice in November 2018. Victoria enjoys working on key environmental advices, cases and law reform projects, and is extremely passionate about protecting and preserving the natural environment.

    Victoria Sozzi

  • Hi, I am Sarah

    Sarah was admitted to practice in June 2018. She graduated from Curtin University in 2017 and is currently studying a Master of Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne. Sarah loves working at EDOWA due to its exposure to a wide range of environmental issues, great people and crucial contribution to the protection of Western Australia’s environment.

    Sarah Flynne