Mining Acts Review 2016-17

On 27 September 2016, the SA government announced it would undertake the “Leading Practice Mining Acts Review of the Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920, the Mining Act 1971 and the Opal Mining Act 1995”. 

As mining has numerous potential adverse impacts on the environment, the EDO has been involved in a significant way in the review process. After reading the Discussion Papers released in late 2016, we prepared a major submission to the Review, which was supported by a number of other environmental groups in South Australia. The current Mining Act and Regulations contain significant deficiencies, as we identified in our EDO Submission to the Review. In September 2017, the government released a sum of 22 Recommendations to the public. We were pleased to see the government’s Recommendations and proposed amendments addressed some key points made by the EDO in our submission. 

Download the EDO's summary and recommendations here


Flinders University and EDO Partnership

Thanks to community donations, emergency funding from the Law Foundation of SA and in-kind support from Flinders University, the EDO will remain open at least until the 30th June 2015.



Interview with Anne Daw

In this short video made for us by Nicholas Crouch from Natural Perspectives Films, Anne Daw (Kingston's Erin Brockovich) explains how advice from the EDO was crucial in her campaign against mining activity in the South East.



EDO's DGR Status Threatened

ANEDO responds to claims that EDOs are involved in illegal activism

The Australian Network of Environmental Defender’s Offices (ANEDO) said recent suggestions by a Federal Liberal member of parliament that the network was involved in ‘illegal activism’, and therefore should have its tax deductible charity status removed, were ridiculous.

"EDOs have a proud history of supporting the community and protecting the environment through legitimate legal means," said EDO NSW Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson.



We Have Moved

Our New Office

Our new office

The EDO now has a new home at Flinders University City Campus, level 1, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide.

Our new phone number is 8359 2222

All other contact details remain the same.



EDO Funding

All Federal funding to EDOs has been cut to zero

In spite of this setback, EDO SA fights on and continues to help the SA community protect our environment. Thanks to recent generous support from the Law Foundation of SA, Flinders University and the community, EDO SA is now able to remain open beyond 30th June. EDO SA is here to stay and here to help you and your local community protect our environment for this generation and future generations. It’s challenging and it’s tough – but it is worth it and we can do it.

For 22 years we have been a strong voice for the community, providing affordable expert legal services. To continue, we need your ongoing support today. Your gift will ensure that we can help the next community that faces a legal battle to protect our environment.

Your donation will help us to continue to defend our magical South Australian environment against unsustainable development and exploitation. Thank you for your valuable contribution.

Three things you can do to help us today - please:

Click to DONATE online at our GiveNow page to allow us to continue our vital services;

SPREAD THE WORD through your networks, share our Facebook page, get in touch with your local media; and,

WRITE to Senator Brandis in support of the EDO. Have your say with a direct email, letter or phone call. Contact details here

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