Category: Newsletter


September has been another busy and productive month at EDOWA.

As you may know, EDOWA has been representing the Conservation Council WA and Traditional Owners in an application to the Supreme Court for judicial review of the decision to approve the Yeelirrie Uranium Project.

In late August the Supreme Court decided that it would hear this application on 14 November.

Incidentally this was the day that Traditional Owners and other concerned community members ended their month long Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining.

You can read more about the Walkabout and the court case here.


EDOWA News July 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of the EDO WA news.

First I would like to thank everyone who attended the recent Innovations in Land Use seminar which we held in conjunction with the Piddington Society and with generous support from Curtin University, Castledine Gregory and Solomon Brothers.

In the EDOWA office we are working hard in preparation for a hearing in the Perth Warden’s Court in early August as we represent a number of conservation groups who are objecting to the grant of mining tenements in the Helena and Aurora Range, which is about 100km from Southern Cross in the Great Western Woodlands.

In this newsletter we also include some interesting events coming up, including the Social Impact Festival that has just commenced and will be running until 28 July.

Finally, I would like to remind you that memberships for the 2016/17 financial year are now due. The easiest way to become a new member or renew your existing membership is to visit our membership page on our website.

Please also consider donating to our current Access to Environmental Justice crowdfunding campaign, which only has a few weeks left to run. Thank you to a couple of very generous donations, our tally is sitting at just over $25,000. However we still hope to grow the tally before the campaign concludes! Support from the community is vital in ensuring we can continue to provide our services. We are very grateful to everyone who has donated to date.

—Declan Doherty

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 the mining Warden’s Court on 30 June. Thank you to the Wilderness Society for creating this video of our trip here!

The end of the financial year is almost upon us, which means that it is time for us to ask existing EDOWA members to renew your membership. If you aren’t already an EDOWA member this is also a perfect time to become one. Membership forms can be found online here.

While we welcomed news from the State and Federal governments that some funding would be restored to the community legal sector, to date EDOWA has not yet been included in any funding package. We continue to encourage the Attorney General and other Ministers to restore some EDOWA funding to ensure our survival beyond the end of this year. This also highlights how vitally important it is for the community to show support by becoming members or donating to ensure there is an independent community legal centre giving voice to the environment.

April 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the EDO WA eNewsletter.

I am very excited to announce that the former Chief Justice of the High Court, Robert French and Emeritus Professor John Bailey (Murdoch University and convenor of the Leeuwin Group of Concerned Scientists) have both agreed to present at EDO WA’s first event for 2017 on Thursday 11 May at FLUX in Perth. This seminar event will be centred around the theme of “Access to Environmental Justice”. The seminar will also  provide an opportunity for us to launch a crowdfunding campaign to enable EDO WA to continue to provide environmental justice through 2017 and beyond. Further details to come, but for now please save the date!

In this edition you will find information about the Government’s review of its climate change policies given Australia’s 2030 target and Paris Agreement commitments. EDO WA  will be contributing to an EDOs of Australia submission on the review. The public review period closes on 5 May. There has also been some very interesting climate change litigation recently in several countries. We have summarised some of those recent cases below as examples of where courts have been prepared to step in, particularly in circumstances where governments have not been prepared to act on climate change.

Declan Doherty.

March 2017 Newsletter

It has continued to be a busy month here at the EDO WA office and for environmental activism more generally, which is unsurprising given that as I write this it is only days away from the State election.

On that front, we were pleased to participate in an important forum presented by some of our most well respected and independent environmental organisations including the Conservation Council of WA, The Wilderness Society, Birdlife Australia and WWF. Held at the Perth Town Hall, the forum featured election candidates Chris Tallentire (Labor) and Lynn MacLaren (Greens), as well as representatives from a variety of environmental organisations and academia. […]