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2014 Arid Recovery Reserve Law Field Trip

Each year the Adelaide Law School offers Environmental Law students the opportunity to partake in an Arid Recovery Reserve  Field Trip. This year, the trip involved travelling to Northern South Australia and volunteering in the Arid Recovery program, a visit to the Olympic Dam mine site, travel along the lower portion  of the Oodnadatta track and a night in Wilpena Pound, followed by a climb of Mt Ohlsson Bagge the following day to get a good view of the Pound’s layout..

The trip allows students studying Environmental Law to look at initiatives to conserve Australia’s biodiversity and the effects mining and farming have had on both the environment and surrounding communities. More specifically, it gives them the opportunity to consider collaborative conservation projects (for example, between the State Government, BHP Billiton and the University of Adelaide), the proposed Olympic Dam mine expansion and the terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment, urban planning in Roxby Downs and the lack of urban planning in Andamooka, and the impact that restricted access to public land in the  Woomera Prohibited Area has had on the Indigenous and other communities.

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