Healthy Communities

We all have the right to live in a clean and healthy environment that doesn’t make us sick.

Right now, our laws don’t achieve this standard, with toxic waste dumps, water pollution from mining and industry, and poor air quality from coal and other particulate pollution sources all impacting on communities across Australia.

History shows that the law is the only thing that protects communities from harmful pollution. 

Strong laws, and effective monitoring and enforcement, are critical to protect our community from the health impacts of pollution. We are using our expertise to make sure appropriate laws are in place, and helping communities exercise their rights to monitor and enforce those laws.

Clean Air

We believe that all Australians have the right to breathe clean air, but right now, the laws are not keeping pace with the science.

Coal-fired power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley

Victoria’s Hazelwood power station – Australia’s dirtiest – is preparing to close down, but three more coal-fired power stations still operate in the Latrobe Valley.

On Thursday 23 March EJA ran a community workshop in Morwell to share information, ideas and experiences on the health downsides of living close to coal-fired power stations.

CSG and Fracking

We’re working to support community rights to environmental health from CSG, fracking and coal mining.

Image of lawyer Ariane Wilkinson with community

In a significant win for Victorian communities, on 30 August 2016 the Victorian Premier announced that the government will pass laws to implement a permanent ban on the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in Victoria, including fracking and coal seam gas.

Access to Justice

We believe that all Australians have a right to clean air, clean water, and intact ecosystems.

EJA has met with Mr Michel Forst to help him assess the overall environment for human rights defenders and civil society in Australia

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