Congratulations to the Environment Awards 2011 winners!

On November 3 the Conservation Council held our annual environment awards at Tandanya. The night included the Green Hubs and Sustainability commendations, recognising the work of community groups to build a sustainable future.

This year's field of nominees was very strong making the final decision very difficult for the judging panel. There were four awards given on the night, presented by Rob Morrison OAM.


Roxby Indenture Amendment Bill submission

We made this written submission to the Select Committee established to inquire into this legislation that facilitates the massive expansion of the Olympic Dam mine.

The committee initially refused to grant us a hearing, but after some media attention agreed to (albeit with very short notice).



Olympic Dam: your LAST chance to influence

On 18 October, the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) (Amendment of Indenture) Amendment Bill 2011 was introduced into the House of Assembly.

A select committee will consider the Bill and prepare a report by 1st November. ALP committee members are: Kevin Foley, Patrick Conlon, Tom Koutsantonis and Jack Snelling. Liberal members are: Isobel Redmond, Iain Evans and Mitch Williams.


Olympic Dam gets approval – so what can you do now?

Both the federal and state governments have given their approval to the gargantuan Olympic Dam expansion despite community concerns. Over the next couple of weeks the state government is hoping to conclude the process and pass the Indenture Agreement through parliament before the end of the year.

The sheer size of this project means it is going to have very large impacts economically, socially and environmentally in South Australia, now and far into the future. If you are concerned about what this mine expansion will mean for the future of South Australia there are still some things you can do.


Open Letter to all Parliamentarians on the Olympic Dam Expansion

13 October 2011

The Conservation Council SA is the peak body for the environment in South Australia representing around 50 organisations and their 50,000 members.

We are aware that next week the government will introduce legislation for the Indenture Agreement with BHP Billiton. Premier Rann wants the legislation to pass through the lower house of Parliament by 20 October and through the upper house by the end of the year.

We write to urge members of both houses to resist these artificial deadlines and allow a proper timeframe to contemplate this project of unprecedented magnitude for our state.

This legislation will lock in the government's approval conditions released on Monday. We think the current conditions need improvement in a number of areas, some of which are discussed below.

We extend the offer to meet with you in the near future to discuss these issues in more detail, along with others that may arise once the Indenture legislation is made available. The decisions you make will have a legacy long after BHP Billiton has closed its operations at Olympic Dam.


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