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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

  • EDOWA News June 2017

    Welcome to the June edition of the EDOWA News. We recently visited the Helena and Aurora Range with the Wildflower Society of WA as part of the work we have been doing with several conservation groups to protect this magnificent range from a mining project. You can read about this work here. We are next in... Read more »

  • Join EDOWA & Piddington Society for Land Use Seminar June 29

    The Environmental Defender’s Office WA and Piddington Society invite you to attend our CPD Land Use Seminar which will explore developments in Planning, Native Title and Environmental Law. The seminar is taking place on 29 at the Curtin University city campus Business School, located at 57 Murray Street, from 5.30pm until 9.00pm. Following the seminar... Read more »

  • Meet the EDO: Jonathon Davidson, Communications Officer

    So you can get to know us better, we are introducing you to all the key players at EDOWA who make sure the office stays running. Here is a brief chat with Jonathon Davidson, communications all-rounder. How long have you been with EDO? I have been working for EDOWA for the better part of six... 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.

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    Hi, I am Declan

    Declan commenced with the EDOWA on January 9 2017 and is one of Western Australia’s most respected environmental lawyers with a distinguished record of service to community and civil society organisations. Through his professional legal experience, Declan has a detailed understanding of all aspects of environmental law, including environmental impact assessment, water management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, Aboriginal heritage, mining and land access, and human rights.

    Declan Doherty
    Principal Solicitor

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    Hi, I am Victoria

    “I began studying law with the hope that I would eventually be in a position to affect environmental change. EDO happens to be the place where this kind of ambition is a tangible reality.  While volunteering at EDO I have found that fellow volunteers and staff members are incredibly dedicated, friendly and hard-working. Teamwork comes naturally because everyone involved wants to be here.”

    Victoria Sozzi
    EDOWA Volunteer

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    Hi, I am Isaac

    Isaac was admitted in the Supreme Court of WA on November four 2016 and commenced his role as a Restricted Practitioner with EDOWA from Jan 2016.

    He has experience working with Native Title, Planning and Environmental Law including reviewing the Quinlan Report in response to the Supreme Court’s invalidation of the EPA’s decisions to approve the Roe 8 highway extension. He is also a member of the National Environmental Lawyers Association.

    Isaac St Clair-Burns
    Restricted Practitioner

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    Hi, I am Mia

    Mia is an outstanding young campaigner who for the past six years has led the successful campaign to prevent uranium mining in WA. She has done remarkable work in building alliances across all community sectors and in the most remote communities of outback Western Australia. She has also led the preparation of detailed technical submissions against proposed uranium mines for input to state and federal processes.

    Mia Pepper
    EDOWA Committee Member

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    Hi, I am Jonathon

    “Volunteering at EDOWA has given me a real-world taste of media and communications roles inside a community driven office and workplace. Working with a  mix of lawyers, paralegals, events staff and communications staff – as well as rubbing shoulders with respected conservationists – I have been positioned to think more carefully about the exact meanings of my words, and to preemptively engage with my co-workers in creating cohesive and meaningful pieces of writing and research.”

    Jonathon Davidson
    EDOWA Volunteer