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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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On 19 March 2018, EDOWA lodged a detailed submission to the Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia 2017 (Fracking Inquiry). Our submission focused on the third item of the Fracking Inquiry’s Terms of Reference: regulatory mechanisms that may be employed to mitigate or minimise risks to an acceptable level. It... Read more »
As always, it has been a very busy and productive period for EDOWA and its clients. We completed a detailed submission to the Independent Scientific Inquiry into Fracking, outlining our concerns with the legal and regulatory mechanisms that would apply to fracking if the current moratorium was lifted. In doing so, we made over 40 recommendations... Read more »
WildEarth Guardians; Sierra Club v United States Bureau of Land Management, and Wyoming Mining Association; BTU Western Resources, Inc.; State of Wyoming; National Mining Association, 15-8109 1 (10th Cir, 2017). CASE STUDY – MARA PAPAVASSILIOU AND RUBY HAMILTON SUMMARY In an appeal against a decision of the Federal District Court, the US 10th... 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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
EDOWA Committee Member
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.”