Chaelundi - 30 Years On

Chaelundi in the Northern Star Newspaper - May 1991

Recollections of legal and political efforts to Chaelundi SF

By John R Corkill OAM

The Chaelundi Story

By Dailan Pugh 

Chaelundi & NEFA

By Dailan Pugh 

Academic Papers on Chaelundi

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‘The Chaelundi Aftermath – Regulation of Forestry Activities and the Endangered Fauna (Interim Protection) Act 1991 (NSW)’,

By Tim Robertson and Mark Anderson (the two barristers who appeared for Corkill in the Chaelundi case). This paper describes the earlier cases of Mt Royal and North Washpool and discusses events after the Chaelundi decisions in 1991… especially interesting is the description of our intent in taking decision making about the conservation status of threatened species out of politicians’ hands.

Paper presented at 11th National Environmental Law Conference, Perth, Western Australia 20-22 September 1992.

‘The Limits of Law’, in Places Worth Keeping: Conservationists, Politics and Law (Allen & Unwin, 1993) p 83-103. 

Chapter 5. Tim Bonyhady - then Reader, now professor of environmental law, Australian National University.

This chapter makes the direct link between the Chaelundi case, the offensive Regulation, Minister Terry Metherell’s resignation and the fall of then Premier Nick Greiner … after his offer to Metherell of a government appointment if he resigned and allowed his seat to be re-contested by the Liberal party…Especially useful are the numerous newspaper articles cited in the endnotes.

‘Om Gaia Dudes: NEFA’s Old growth Forest Campaign’, in Helen Wilson (ed), Belonging in the Rainbow Region – Cultural Perspectives on the NSW North Coast, (Southern Cross University Press 2003) 121-148.)

By Aidan Ricketts - then NEFA activist, now lecturer in constitutional law Southern Cross University.

This chapter describes the Chaelundi blockade and court actions as part of the wider campaign to protect old growth forest, written by an insider. It too draws a direct link from the Chaelundi protest and court actions to the Premier Greiner’s fall from grace…

‘Law, Order and Green Extremists’ 142-162, in Nicole Rogers (ed) Green Paradigms and the Law, (Southern Cross University Press, Lismore, 1998) 142 – 162.

By Nicole Rogers - Then NEFA activist, now Assoc Prof in law at Southern Cross University.

Full Drive of Chaelundi Photos Here





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  • Jennifer Allison
    commented 2021-08-21 11:04:51 +1000

    does anyone know who curated the exhibition at the police museum in Sydney (near circular quay) that was titled ‘protest’


    Jen 🌿