Commonwealth Government’s response to the Juukan Gorge Inquiry released today

Today, the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP formally tabled the much anticipated response to the interim and final report by the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia into the destruction of Indigenous heritage Sites at Juukan Gorge. Snapshot The Commonwealth Government has wholly, or in principle, accepted seven … Read more

The Third Wheel Podcast Series: ESG in Australia Episode 16

By Timothy Stutt, Gemma McKinnon and Kishaya Delaney Episode 16 – Uluru Statement from the Heart (Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!) – NAIDOC Week 2022 with Gemma McKinnon and Kishaya Delaney In recognition of NAIDOC Week 2022, Mel is joined by First Nations colleagues Gemma McKinnon and Kishaya Delaney for a timely discussion, given … Read more

Northern Territory EPA consultation on greenhouse gas and cultural heritage guidance

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (EPA) commenced consultation last week on greenhouse gas and culture and heritage guidance for assessing proposals likely to have a significant impact on the environment under the Environment Protection Act 2019 (NT) (EP Act). The guidance documents provide advice on: A proponent’s obligations in respect to the EP Act. … Read more

The election and the environment: what happens next?

The recent Australian Federal election has resulted in a change of government. While the government is settling in, our Environment, Planning and Communities partners set out their top 5 predictions for coming change on environmental matters, and where the priorities should lie. Read more

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 passes WA Parliament

On 15 December 2021, the much anticipated Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 (WA) (the Bill) passed the upper house of the Parliament of Western Australia as introduced. The Bill has been updated since the previously circulated Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 (WA) (Exposure Draft), and has been designed to replace the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 … Read more

NSW Heritage Act review report published

The NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues has published its report on its review of the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW). The report makes 26 recommendations and agrees with the key recommendations we made in our submission. The NSW Government will respond to the report by April 2022. Read more

The Heritage Act is under review and we’ve had our say

The Heritage Act 1977 (NSW) is under review and we have made a detailed submission. While there are parts of the Heritage Act which may benefit from review, we consider that wholesale repeal or revisiting of the Act is not necessary. What we would like to see is a benchmarking exercise to develop a cohesive, … Read more