EDO NSW funding update

JEFF SMITH*

EDO NSW has received formal confirmation that we will continue to receive Public Purpose Fund funding for a further three months, April to June 2013.

The funds will be provided at the reduced rate we received for the January to March period. This means we’re facing a further cut of $110,000 before the end of the financial year compared to last financial year. Despite this cut, we’ll be working hard to make sure we are able to maintain our high standard of advice for all your environmental legal questions and keep you up to date with developments in environmental and planning law.

Beyond 30 June 2012 the future of our PPF funding, which accounts for over two-thirds of our annual budget, remains very uncertain. For the 2013-14 financial year, we expect that the PPF will be bound by the new guidelines for funding of community legal centres announced by the NSW Attorney-General before Christmas, which affect the PPF and also Legal Aid. You can read the Attorney-General’s media announcement of 20 December 2012 here.

The full implications of these new guidelines for the work of EDO NSW and our clients remain unclear but we’ll keep you up to date on this as we find out more.

Thank you to everyone who has written a letter of support, made a phone call or donated to EDO NSW. Your support has been vital in ensuring that the NSW Government recognises the role of EDO NSW in assisting the community to engage in public interest environmental matters.

If you haven’t seen them, these recent media stories from December 2012 will help to update you on how the EDO’s funding crisis is being reported in various media outlets:

*Jeff Smith is the Executive Director of EDO NSW

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