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EDO WA Annual General Meeting
We welcome all members to our next AGM. Members are welcome to stand for election or nominate another member to the Management Committee. You can contact us for further information on nominations.
Date - Wednesday 29 October 2014 at 6.00pm
Time - 6.00pm sharp
Venue - WA Trustee Building, Level 2, 133 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA
If you are not a member, and would like to nominate yourself or another member, then please apply for membership on our website http://edowa.org.au/participate/join/ to be eligible to vote. You can pay either by credit card or online banking. Once you have received a receipt confirming your membership, fill out this form and send it in to me no later than Wednesday 1 October 2014.
Recent News of Shark Cull Knocked Back
Precautionary Principle Awakens From Coma
EDOWA is delighted that the WA EPA yesterday (11 September) recommended that the Premier’s proposed Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line proposal should NOT be implemented.
This is a great day for all those who have been working hard to stop the State government’s controversial program. Since January this year, EDOWA has been battling for clients seeking to stop the program from being implemented. In February, for example, we sought an injunction in the Supreme Court on behalf of Sea Shepherd and Sharon Burden seeking to stop the 3-month, “trial” program that the Commonwealth government had exempted from undergoing Federal review. To our disappointment, the Court rejected our attempt to prohibit the trial program in March, though at least the Court declined to award the State its costs. Subsequently and again on behalf of Sea Shepherd, we lodged submissions opposing a longer-term 3-year program with both the State and Federal governments.
In yesterday’s media release, EPA’s chairman said;
“At this stage, the available information and evidence does not provide the EPA with a high level of confidence. In view of these uncertainties, the EPA has adopted a cautious approach by recommending against the proposal.”
It is rare to see the Precautionary Principle invoked to reject a proposal and hopefully today’s decision marks the beginning of a new era in which, when faced with uncertainty and lack of scientific evidence, the EPA will err on the side of caution in favour of the environment.
For the next two weeks appeals to the appeals convenor regarding this decision will be open. EDOWA does not anticipate that there will be any appeals to this decision. We earnestly hope that the WA Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, will accept the EPA recommendations. However, if the Minister chooses to approve the program, in spite of the EPA recommendations, EDOWA expects it will be asked to wade into the fray yet again.
For more information, go to: http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
Who We Are
The EDO is a non-profit, non-government community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. Our services include:
- providing community groups and individuals with legal advice and representation on environmental issues,
- promoting environmental law reform, and
- undertaking community legal education.
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.
Free Legal Advice
The EDO provides free legal advice to members of the community in public interest environmental law matters.
Call us on (08) 9221 3030 or Freecall 1800 175 542 (for WA callers outside the Perth Metropolitan Region). Alternatively you can fill out the form on our website. We cannot guarantee that there will be a solicitor available to help you on the day that you call, however if you leave a message we will arrange for someone to call you back, normally within 3 - 5 working days.