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A new seminar from the Environmental Defenders Office
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Rymill Park (Image: Adelaide Parklands Preservation Association)

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) in South Australia is holding a new public seminar, and all are welcome. The EDO is a public interest body that provides legal advice and assistance, monitors the impact of new legislation, provides community legal education and responds to government inquiries on behalf of all South Australians.

In recent times some government actions seem to have been taken with little regard for community views, and the Environmental Defenders Office is posing a highly relevant question at their new seminar: what role does the community have in environmental decision making?

When you consider encroachments by developers into the national heritage listed parklands, the risks of petroleum and gas exploration, the threat to historical and significant trees at Glenside Hospital development, or the impact of mining, there is a fine balance that needs to be achieved in government decision making.

The EDO summarise this new seminar as follows:
Access and participation by citizens in decision making is at the heart of modern policy and law making. Typical areas of public participation include strategic planning, community forums, commenting on specific proposals, formal submissions or representations, access to information, appeals and civil enforcement.

However the Environmental Defenders Office is concerned that many aspects of environmental law and policy do not prioritise public participation rights. The EDO will be launching its audit report into public participation provisions in South Australian legislation which directly and indirectly impacts on environmental decision making. The report identifies deficiencies and makes recommendations for law reform".

Speakers at this envionmental seminar include EDO staff solicitor Melissa Ballantyne, Alison Brookman (Wallmans Solicitors) and Associate Professor Karen Bubna-Litic (University of SA)

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The Seminar is Held in Flinders University City Campus (Former Reserve Bank Building)

The seminar is being held in the Flinders University City building (old Reserve Bank) on Wednesday April 12. Tickets cost $50 per person ($25 concession) and include the seminar and morning tea. Please book online at this link or email enquiries to

To learn more about the great work that the Environmental Defenders Office do for protecting the public interest in South Australia, take a look at their website and Facebook page.

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Why? Come this new seminar from the Environmental Defenders Office SA
When: Wednesday 12 April 9.30am -12 noon
Where: 182 Victoria Square Adelaide
Cost: Tickets $50/$25 concession - includes morning tea
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