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EDO Qld LawAlert: January 2018

31 January, 2018

EDO Qld solicitors are currently in the Supreme Court representing two community clients - Lock The Gate and Oakey Coal Action Alliance - for cases relating to the Blair Athol and New Acland Stage 3 coal mines. This year we are also committed to holding the state government to account on election promises, especially putting an end to broad scale tree clearing.


Celebrating EDO volunteers

EDO Qld volunteers were collectively recognised at the Griffith Australia Day awards for their ongoing support to environmental legal work (pictured). Volunteers make an invaluable contribution and increase our capacity to provide legal advice to the community - we thank you.


EDO Qld meets with government to end excessive tree clearing

EDO Qld has met with the Queensland Government this year and reminded them of election promises to end broadscale tree clearing. The discussion included undoing maps that lock in clearing large areas of high value regrowth vegetation as well as the removal of the scientifically unfounded ‘thinning’ code. Contact your State MP and ask to make this a top priority.

Qld labor’s land clearing commitments


In Court: Application for Blair Athol financial assurance application

Today, Queensland’s Supreme Court is hearing our client Lock The Gate’s application to obtain reasons for the Queensland Government’s decision on the amount of financial assurance for the $1 token sale of Blair Athol mine in central Queensland. It is unknown if a decision will be made today.

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In Court: Acland lawyers meet ahead of judicial review

Today, Queensland’s Supreme Court is also hearing from lawyers from both parties ahead of the judicial review hearing marked for five days from 19 March. The review, brought forward by NAC, challenges the Land Court’s unprecedented recommendation after a 99-day hearing for Stage 3 not to proceed.

New Acland Stage 3 judicial review


Time’s up on Minister Lynham’s Stage 3 advice

Time is up for the Qld Mines Minister to provide any advice to the Department of Environment’s chief executive in relation to the environmental authority amendment application for New Acland Stage 3. A decision for the environmental authority for the controversial project, which it needs to proceed, must be made by 14 February 2018.

Latest on Acland


Swim For The Reef teams swim 405km

This year’s Swim For The Reef did not fail to deliver with 27 teams, 267 swimmers, 25 swimming pools and hundreds of supporters coming together to raise awareness and funds to protect the Great Barrier Reef. This year teams swam a total of 405 kilometres - the equivalent from about Lindeman to Hinchinbrook islands. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Swim For The Reef 2018 photos


Book launch: Low Carbon and Loving It

Join EDO Qld supporters Mark and Tom Delaney for the launch of their book 'Low Carbon and Loving It' at Avid Reader on 16 February 2018. The book tells the story of the Delaneys, an ordinary Australian family who have made some extraordinary choices. From their lives, they explore how a lower-carbon life is possible and even fulfilling in middle-class Australia.

Register today


Event: Dangers to our Democracy to visit Sunshine Coast

EDO Qld, with Sunshine Coast Environment Council, will host forum Dangers to our Democracy on 1 March 2018. The community is invited to explore how to avoid conflicts of interest in decision making through political donations and increase transparency and accountability of politicians and government.

RSVP today


Save the date: Debate for Justice returns 19 April

EDO Qld’s satirical Debate for Justice is back. The first team has been announced and they will be tough to beat - retired Supreme Court Judge Mr Alan Wilson SC, former Queensland Court of Appeal president Hon. Margaret Anne McMurdo AC and Queensland District Court Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC. Join us at Ian Hanger Recital Hall, The Conservatorium, South Brisbane on 19 April from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Register your interest early


Join EDO Qld as our education solicitor

We are looking for a qualified solicitor to join our team at our West End office. You will primarily be providing community legal education as well as law reform and legal advice work. This six-month position, with potential to extend, is open to full-time and part-time applications.

EDO Qld solicitor position


Authorised by Jo Bragg, CEO of Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, 8/205 Montague Rd, West End, QLD 4101


Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.

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