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News & Current Matters

  • Case Note: Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 7

    Case Note: Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 7

    The Rocky Hill case has been heralded as a landmark decision for the recognition of climate change in relation to environmental approvals and decision-making. In this case note, EDOWA solicitors Ruby Hamilton and Sarah Flynne examine the key aspects of the case and what it could mean for WA. A summary version of the case... Read more »

  • March Bulletin 2019

    March Bulletin 2019

    March was an exciting month for the Environmental Defender’s Office WA (EDOWA). We started the month at the Court of Appeal for the Yeelirrie Appeal hearing. It was a great day in Court with our fantastic counsel advocating for our environmental laws to defend country and threatened species. See below for further details. On 25... Read more »

  • Media Release – EDOWA Welcomes Funding Announcement

    Media Release – EDOWA Welcomes Funding Announcement

    The Environmental Defender’s Office WA supports reinstatement of funding for the national network of Environmental Defender’s Offices. The EDOs of Australia media release relating to today’s federal policy announcement is available here. A further media release including comments from EDOWA is provided below.

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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
    Solicitor

  • 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
    Solicitor

  • 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
    Solicitor