Last Updated: June 27, 2017

Case summary: Abbot Point Port Expansion EA Judicial Review

EDO Qld was the legal representation for the Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping (WRAD) in Queensland’s Supreme Court in their challenge to the lawfulness of the Queensland Department of Environment’s decision to grant the environmental authority for Adani’s controversial Abbot Point Terminal Zero port expansion.

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 on 7 October 2016. 

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 was handed down on 15 June 2017.

Media releases:

WRAD Media Release 24 Jun 2016Whitsunday residents take expansion of Adani’s Abbot Pt Terminal to court

WRAD Media Release 15 Jun 2017- Blow to Reef as Adani’s Abbot Pt Terminal expansion approval ruled lawful

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