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EDO Qld lawyers celebrate 25 years of success

31 August, 2017

EDO Qld has spent the past 25 years standing up for the environment on behalf of communities - take a look at some of our greatest achievements and find out how you can help make a difference to our sustainable future.

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice for communities who want to protect the environment when it is needed most.

Our success over the past 25 years is a testament both to the valuable contribution we’ve made - and that we will continue to make in our plight for a sustainable future for all.

We protect nature

We protect clean air, soil and water for safe and healthy communities; to restore and preserve nature, the Great Barrier Reef and wildlife; and to advance clean energy and keep our climate safe.

We help everyday Australians stand up for the environment

EDO Qld gives a legal voice to those who stand up for a positive future in energy and climate, nature and the reef and healthy communities.

  • Free advice line helps thousands across State: Over the past 25 years, EDO Qld has provided free legal support to communities via our FREE advice line. Landholders, individuals and community groups now better understand and act on their legal rights, which means we are better protected against the impacts of major coal mines and massive coastal developments.
  • The community’s Mining and Coal Seam Gas Handbook: “Many people cannot afford private legal advice. This guide fills a much needed gap by providing reliable legal material on Queensland mining projects and how they affect existing communities, industries and the natural environment,” says Geoff Penton, CEO, Queensland Murray-Darling Committee, in EDO Qld’s handbook foreword.
  • Community Litigants Handbook: Commonly referred to as the ‘bible for environmental litigants’, EDO Qld’s Community Litigants Handbook provides a step-by-step guide to conducting a planning appeal in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court. Judge Michael Rackemann of the Planning and Environment Courts says the Handbook “has proven to be an invaluable resource” and that it “makes a real and substantial contribution to access to environmental justice.” He says that judges, where appropriate, draw it to the attention of self-represented litigants.

We run landmark challenges for groups doing good

Our legal victories pave the way for a clean energy future. We help run powerful legal cases that hold industry and government to account.

  • New Acland coal mine expansion rejected: EDO Qld represented more than 60 farmers and residents of the Oakey Coal Action Alliance in one of the largest environmental cases in Australian history - and won. “By recommending against the Acland Stage 3 mine the Land Court has recognised that the impact on our water supplies, our farm businesses and the health of our families are too severe,” OCAA President Paul King said.
  • Adani’s over-inflated job figures exposed: Adani’s own economic witnesses conceded the controversial Carmichael mine and rail project would create just 1,464 net jobs and not the 10,000 claimed by the company during a Land Court case brought forward by EDO Qld client Coast and Country. The five-week objection to Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine by EDO Qld client Coast and Country exposed a lot about the world’s largest proposed coal project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin project in 2015.
  • Stricter groundwater conditions for Alpha coal mine: EDO Qld represented Coast and Country Association Qld (CCAQ) in their objection to the Alpha coal project. The Land Court of Queensland heard the objections to the mine in 2013 and upheld concerns regarding groundwater impacts of the mine recommending that the applications for the mine be refused or, alternatively, that the applications be granted subject to further assessment of the groundwater impacts.

We advocate for stronger laws to protect and conserve

EDO Qld’s law reform activities help improve legislation to better protect the environment and advance sustainable development and planning.

  • Queenslanders’ rights to object to mining projects restored: After months of hard work with government, communities and groups, EDO Qld helped the State Government deliver an election promise to restore landholder and community objection rights to mines on major projects on 17 July 2015. These rights are vital to the public interest where the costs and benefits of major projects are scrutinised by the people in an independent court of law.
  • No dumping in Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area: Rejecting the dumping of dredge waste on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area should have been a no brainer - but unfortunately it was not for the State Government until our clients brought forward three historic court cases that would help place further pressure on parties to stop it. EDO Qld legally represented three conservation groups in separate court cases to stop dangerous dumping of dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion in Reef waters as well as on the internationally significant Caley Valley Wetlands.

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

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