A lot has been happening in the biodiversity law space. Across Australia, our work on the next generation of environmental laws; in Victoria, everything up for review. Catch up with the latest.

The Government will decide whether to include a Charter in the Climate Change Act in the next few weeks.

Environmental Justice Australia and the Yarra Riverkeepers Association have rapidly charted a strong course, setting the direction for the proposed Yarra River Protecetion Act.

It’s becoming more and more obvious that mining rehabilitation bonds are simply not adequate to cover the costs of rehabilitating land.

Saturday 20 February saw the first meeting of the Yarra Act Community Committee, attended by Bruce Lindsay from Environmental Justice Australia, Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly, and representatives from local community groups. 

EJA lawyer Felicity MIllner with our proposed Climate Charter. Photo: Jenny Denton

The Independent Review into Victoria’s Climate Change Act has recommended that Victoria adopt a Climate Change Charter.

What is it?

The Victorian Climate Change Act was introduced in 2010. In 2012, the then government substantially gutted the Climate Change Act, making it ineffective.

The Climate Change Act must be reviewed every 5 years. Last year, the state government commissioned an independent expert panel to review that Climate Change Act and its effectiveness.

We’ve just heard that Worksafe, the workplace safety authority, are prosecuting the Hazelwood Power Corporation over the dangerous pollution experienced by the local community during the Hazelwood Mine Fire.

Continual logging in Victoria’s sensitive native forests is causing many of our native species to lose their homes.

Today is World Wetlands Day. It is one outcome of an extraordinary agreement signed in Iran in 1971 at a city on the Caspian Sea – the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance


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