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Rivers and waterways updates, media releases and publications
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

AGL gas import terminal proposed at Crib Point, Westernport Bay

AGL gas import terminal proposed at Crib Point, Westernport Bay

EJA is acting for several environment and resident groups opposing the AGL/APA gas import terminal and pipeline project proposed to be built at Crib Point, Westernport Bay, Victoria.   Westernport Bay is recognised as a wetland of international importance under the...

Reflections on the Yarra Strategic Plan Inquiry

Reflections on the Yarra Strategic Plan Inquiry

Law and policy reform to protect the Yarra River (Birrarung) has been a long process but we might just be at the pointy end of the season.   The Yarra Birrarung Act is, as readers may recall, a landmark piece...

Time to transform the Yarra

Time to transform the Yarra

The Yarra River – Birrarung – is the lifeblood of Victoria.     Flowing 242 kilometres from the Yarra Ranges all the way through greater Melbourne and into Port Phillip Bay – Birrarung is a vital source of nourishment for so many Victorians.   Large sections of the...

Community win that protects our urban waterways

Community win that protects our urban waterways

In late 2019, EJA represented the Chirnside Parks Residents Action Group in a two-week hearing addressing a proposal on Brushy Creek in the Shire of Yarra Ranges.   The proposal was for nearly 50 residential blocks on land including both the escarpment of Brushy Creek...

A busy time for our rivers and waterways

A busy time for our rivers and waterways

- Bruce Lindsay, EJA Lawyer It has been a busy time over the past month for EJA’s work on rivers and waterways, both on the law reform and litigation fronts. Two Ministerial Advisory Committees (MAC) working on waterway issues are moving toward completion of their...

Supporting Urban River Advocates

Supporting Urban River Advocates

On 8 October, EJA hosted the first workshop in the upcoming Urban Rivers and Wetlands Workshop series, as part of our river laws program for 2019-2021. The workshop was held at the Community Hub at the Dock in Melbourne’s Docklands and focussed on restoration...

Rivers and roads in the new climate age: North East Link Project

Rivers and roads in the new climate age: North East Link Project

An extensive public inquiry process into Victoria’s most expensive infrastructure project wound up last week. An Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) appointed to hear and make recommendations on the ‘reference design’ for the North East Link Project (NELP) completed...

An update on our work protecting rivers

An update on our work protecting rivers

Urban Rivers and Wetlands As part of our program to protect rivers, we’ve developed an Urban Rivers and Wetlands workshop series, an initiative practically supporting community organisations and advocates looking after local waterways. The workshop content has been...

We should spend less on freeways – and more on our waterways

We should spend less on freeways – and more on our waterways

Out on Stony Creek in inner-western Melbourne the best endeavours of local community, councils and public agencies led to the protection of a small corridor of public land and waterway, considerable restoration works and no shortage of goodwill. A part of nature was...

Response to the State of the Yarra report

Response to the State of the Yarra report

We congratulate the Commissioner of Environmental Sustainability and Senior Science Writer Dr Rebecca Koss for a comprehensive and authoritative report on the state of the Yarra and its parklands. The State of the Yarra and its Parklands report represents important...

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