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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...

Opening statement to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline

Opening statement to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline

On Thursday 12 March, Senior EJA Lawyer Bruce Lindsay gave evidence at the Parliamentary Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline. The Committee heard from scientists, experts and communities of the deteriorating state of Victoria’s ecosystems. Read Bruce’s opening statement...

A new restorative agenda for the Gippsland Lakes

A new restorative agenda for the Gippsland Lakes

Gippsland community groups have worked with EJA to design ambitious new legislative and policy reforms for the Gippsland Lakes and catchment.   Throughout 2020, we worked with our community partners through a participatory design process (Gippsland Lakes) which has...

Statement in support of the Rights of Nature

Statement in support of the Rights of Nature

Environmental Justice Australia supports the legal precedent of the Rights of Nature. In 2008, Ecuador became the first country in the world to codify the Rights of Nature in constitutional law. In October 2020, the Rights of Nature law was tested in the...

Defending our environment laws

Defending our environment laws

Over the 20-year existence of Australia’s federal environment laws, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, we have fought roll backs of the Act on numerous occasions, and advocated to improve this key piece of legislation. This month, EJA has...

A huge thank you from our forests

A huge thank you from our forests

We have been blown away by the incredible support from over 1,000 generous supporters to defend possums against VicForests Appeal. Together, we have raised over $70,000 to fight this appeal against our landmark win in the federal court for our clients, Friends of...

Gippsland Lakes Community Workshops

Gippsland Lakes Community Workshops

Designing protections for the Gippsland Lakes in partnership with the community  In September 2020, we kicked off a project working on proposals to improve laws and governance around the Gippsland Lakes.   Participatory design process   The Gippsland Lakes project...

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