Are you interested in understanding how to protect your right to a healthy environment using the law? Would you like to learn how to participate in environmental decision-making such as EES processes?
The Community Environmental Legal Service (CELS) program provides legal help to Victorians. The CELS program promotes and protects the right of the Victorian community to a healthy environment and provides access to justice to communities impacted by environmental issues.
Through the CELS program, we can tailor a legal workshop run by one of our expert environmental lawyers to suit the needs of your community group or group of individuals concerned about or impacted by environmental issues.
You will need to contact us to arrange a suitable time and location and organise a group of between 10 and 15 people to attend.
The Community Environmental Legal Service program is run by Environmental Justice Australia. Environmental Justice Australia regularly runs workshops on a variety of topics, including mining and coal seam gas.
About our EES workshops
We have been funded under the Community Education Grant Program of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources to deliver community legal education to communities involved in environmental impact assessment processes for proposed major new mining and quarrying projects covered by the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.
The relevant assessment processes concern the environment effects statement (EES) processes for the proposed Kalbar Resources mineral sands mine in East Gippsland and for the proposed Bunyip North Quarry, and the assessment process for the Big Hill gold mine in Stawell.
Please note: We are a non-profit community legal organisation that is independent of Government and mining interests. Our role under the Grant Program is to:
- increase community understanding of the assessment processes and their relationship to the regulation of mining and quarrying under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990; and
- help to ensure that potentially affected and interested community members are able to effectively and constructively participate in the EES and Big Hill assessment processes to make their views known, particularly those who would otherwise be unable or unlikely to participate.
The next education session is about the EES process for the proposed Kalbar Resources mineral sands mine at Fingerboards in Glenaladale.
It will focus on EES scoping requirements for the proposed project, and on how to prepare an effective submission on the Draft Scoping Requirements. The Draft Scoping Requirements are open for public comment until 3 October 2017
Monday 25 September, 6.30pm.
Lindenow Public Hall
Lindenow, VIC 3865
We have published a series of fact sheets on having your say in the EES process.