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Have your say: Murray River floodplains

Have your say: Murray River floodplains

The iconic Murray Darling Basin is in strife. Climate breakdown, politics, industry and agriculture have left this incredible river system one of the most vulnerable water basins on the planet. Now, the federal and Victorian state governments plan to “reengineer” nine...

Two landmark court wins for our forests in two weeks

Two landmark court wins for our forests in two weeks

The Supreme Court of Victoria has handed down two landmark judgments, both finding state-owned logging agency VicForests has logged illegally. In a win for forests and community, both judgments will require VicForests to survey for and protect threatened species. In...

Sustainable Water Strategy fails the water leadership test

Sustainable Water Strategy fails the water leadership test

Appearances can be deceptive. It’s hard to believe that we’re in a water crisis when we are surrounded by lush green, and the rain just keeps on falling. But the climate crisis that is becoming increasingly apparent the world over is also a water crisis, writes...

‘Nullius’: water, law and overcoming the colonial project

‘Nullius’: water, law and overcoming the colonial project

The following is a lecture given at Duke University in the United States by Senior Specialist Lawyer Dr Bruce Lindsay. The intersecting space of environmental law and First Nations’ justice in our country is part of a wider canvas which relates to structural and...

That’s a wrap! WOTCH in court

That’s a wrap! WOTCH in court

Our mammoth three weeks in court representing Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) has wrapped!   We are so grateful for everyone’s support. To everyone who chipped in a donation, shared our posts on social media or followed the case live: thank you for backing...

Federal court rules on Possums Appeal

Federal court rules on Possums Appeal

In May 2021, the full bench of the Federal Court overturned the landmark win in the case to protect the critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum and vulnerable Greater Glider from logging.   The appeal was won on a single ground - that logging has a wide exemption...

Representing community opposing a mineral sands mine in East Gippsland

Representing community opposing a mineral sands mine in East Gippsland

More than four years after the Minister for Planning first required an Environment Effects Statement (EES) be prepared for the Fingerboards mineral sands mine proposed in East Gippsland, Victoria, the public hearings to consider the proposal are about to commence.  An...

VicForests’ appeal hearing for the Possums Case

VicForests’ appeal hearing for the Possums Case

VicForests’ appeal hearing has wrapped up! After three days in the Federal Court in Sydney, our legal team are heading home to await the outcome of the appeal.   The team arrived at the steps of the Federal Court in Sydney on Monday and were greeted by supporters like...

We’re back in court to defend vital possum habitat

We’re back in court to defend vital possum habitat

The case to protect possums from logging has been running for over three years. And after an incredible win for threatened possums, we’re heading back to court on April 12 to defend vital possum habitat once more. In May 2020, Justice Mortimer found that 66 of...

Crib Point gas terminal rejected over environmental concerns

Crib Point gas terminal rejected over environmental concerns

This week, the Minister for Planning rejected AGL’s proposed Crib Point gas import terminal, saying it would result in “unacceptable environmental effects” to the internationally significant Westernport Bay.    This is a huge win for the community who have been...

Hearing to protect Toondah Harbour

Hearing to protect Toondah Harbour

On March 11, EJA was in court on behalf of the Australian Conservation Foundation seeking the release of documents, which recorded meetings between the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Walker Group.  The Walker Group sought to build a...

Rare win for last coastal bush in Chelsea

Rare win for last coastal bush in Chelsea

In November 2016, a developer purchased a block of land in Chelsea and lodged an application to clear all native vegetation for fourteen two-storey townhouses. After a four-year effort by the Friends of Dents Paddock alliance the native coastal vegetation land was...

New alliances forming to protect the Gippsland Lakes

New alliances forming to protect the Gippsland Lakes

EJA is working with several community groups in Gippsland to improve environmental laws and governance impacting the Gippsland Lakes and catchment. EJA lawyers met with community group members in Bairnsdale last week to discuss the environmental issues facing the...

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