Last Updated: March 23, 2017

Whitsunday residents oppose approval of Adani’s controversial Abbot Point coal terminal

Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping (WRAD) challenged the lawfulness of the Queensland Government’s decision to approve Adani’s controversial Abbot Point coal terminal expansion in Queensland’s Supreme Court on 7 October 2016.

WRAD, a community group which aims to protect the Great Barrier Reef from damage, was represented by EDO Qld at the one-day judicial review of the Queensland Department of Environment’s decision to grant the environmental authority for Adani’s controversial Abbot Point Terminal Zero port expansion.

The case was about whether the Department properly assessed the project, as required by law, before it granted a green light for the controversial billion dollar project that would sit in the backyard of local residents and in the middle of the precious Great Barrier Reef.

EDO QLD CEO Jo-Anne Bragg said: “This independent review was an opportunity for the voice of the community to be heard and the decision-making process of industry and government to be properly scrutinised.

“Without this court process, community groups like WRAD would not have a legal avenue to hold controversial projects like this to account,” she said.

The application was filed 3 June 2016, followed by a directions hearing on 24 June 2016 and the one-day judicial review on 7 October 2016. The Court’s decision could be handed down as early as within three months.

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24 June 2016 – Whitsunday residents take expansion of Adani’s Abbot Point Terminal to court