Welcome to the April edition of the EDOWA bulletin.
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 March the Australian Labour Party pledged to restore funding to Australia’s network of Environmental Defenders Offices. The commitment, totalling $14 million over 4 years, reinstates crucial Commonwealth funding which was withdrawn in 2013, and will expand the ability of EDOs including EDOWA to work together and provide free or low-cost legal services to people around Australia.
EDOWA welcomes the funding announcement and has published a media release drafted by the EDOs of Australia.
Mr Patrick Gorman, Federal MP for Perth, visited our offices to discuss the announcement with our solicitors.
The EDOWA Team
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 for his remarkable dedication and hard work over the last two years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. The new Principal Solicitor will be announced in the near future.
The EDOWA Team
The Environmental Defender’s Office WA invites you to our 2018 Art Exhibition — Connection to Country!
Join us for our major fundraising initiative and social gathering for the year. Proceeds go towards helping us continue to provide crucial environmental law advice to community groups seeking to protect special places in WA such as Ningaloo Reef and the Burrup Rock Art.
This is your chance to view and purchase works by emerging and established WA artists. Artists have contributed works that highlight their own Connection to Country.
We look forward to sharing a wonderful evening with you all soon.
The EDOWA Team
Featured Image: Living the Lives of Others, by Anya Brock Artist, one of the works being featured on the night.
EDOWA is excited to announce the second iteration of its Art Auction fundraiser, taking place at King’s St. Art Space, formerly FORM, on Murray Street in the CBD.
We will be showcasing the state’s best and emerging artists. Proceeds go towards the artists and EDOWA respectively.
Keep an eye out for further announcements. This year, entry is free!
Read on to catch the latest EDOWA news, local opportunities for public comment on environmental policy and law, green events around Perth, and more!
Welcome to the latest edition of the EDOWA News. We have a number of interesting environmental law and regulatory updates below. However our main focus this month is on our latest fundraiser. Read on for details!