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Understorey: Ringbarking the EPBC Act

Wednesday 1st July / posted by Under Storey

Last week's independent Australian National Audit Office report on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act found that the government's regulatory approach is insufficient to deal with the environmental risks involved, and that the department is not being effective, efficient or in some cases compliant.  Understorey discovers why these flaws in nationally significant project proposals approval processes matter, from Yeerlirrie uranium mine to the Western Ground Parrot, to chronic offsetting, with the help of Nicole Sommer, lawyer with the Environmental Defenders Office.

(Images: WA habitats - EDO; Google Maps)

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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.

Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.

RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.

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