Dawn Walker, Fingal Head
A few months ago I attended an information workshop by the Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO) on the proposed new planning system for NSW – The Green Paper. The workshop was professional, informative and encouraging about the good things that can come from planning reform. The emphasis was on positive engagement of planning and environmental issues through the community consultative process.
I was therefore dismayed to read today that the NSW government is now considering withdrawing funding to the EDO, the community’s only accessible source of expert information and advice on environmental law in NSW. The EDO has been providing this independent advice and support to communities that wish to participate in decisions made about their environment for over 25 years.
To withdraw support for such a reputable legal organisation with an excellent track record in helping communities speak up for their land and waterways is of serious concern.