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Attorney-General launches EDO Handbook

25 June, 2006

Ever wanted to know about your rights to challenge Council approvals of environmentally damaging development?

Don’t be daunted - learn how to ensure the community’s voice is heard in the Planning and Environment Court!

This handbook will skill you up in deciding why, when and how to start an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court against development applications.

“Individuals and community groups often appear in the [Planning and Environment] Court. What this Handbook does is give guidance and direction to them about the intricacies of the cases, and issues, which arise there. … I am sure it will be of great benefit to community members with an interest in their neighborhoods, and environmental questions generally."

Judge Alan Wilson SC (Extract from foreword to the handbook)

Being a community litigant takes courage, compassion and strong determination. It is one thing to be aware of inappropriate development that depletes our natural resources and threatens the future of our native habitat and species, but it is quite another to stand up for your beliefs by taking action."

Anita O’Hart, EDO Qld solicitor