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EDO Qld Funding Update

19 July, 2012

As you may have heard on ABC radio, the State Attorney-General has refused to restore our State funding. He however acknowledged that EDOs are the only places where Queensland communities can obtain professional legal advice free of charge when faced with public interest environmental, planning and health concerns from proposed developments.

EDO Qld has had to suspend our general legal advice service.

Three things you can do today:

  • Donate to EDO Qld to at least allow us to deliver our Handbook guide to Mining and Coal Seam Gas or continue our general services, including answering the 50+ people on our waiting list for assistance to protect the environment;
  • Hold a small fundraising event to benefit EDO Qld. The Greater Mary Association decided to collect donations at a film night. Maybe you have an idea? and
  • Spread the word by commenting on media reports and telling your friends through Facebook, Twitter and your local networks.

The community demand for our services is overwhelming. Added to the general pace of development and its impacts, over 30 new mines are currently undergoing assessment in Queensland plus a vast number of coal seam gas proposals and related railways, pipelines and port projects, some of which could have serious long term impacts on land, water, and communities. We know developers spend millions promoting these projects. Do you think it’s fair that affected Queenslanders have nowhere to turn for even basic legal help?

Your response to our call for assistance was magnificent! A swift torrent of letters of support, creative online action, generous offers of volunteer assistance, and a healthy flow of donations. A heartfelt thank you to students, farmers, helicopter pilots, ecologists, IT consultants, lawyers, town planners, vets, writers, nature refuge owners, recipients of Australia Day honours, and hardworking community groups, large and small, who provided assistance.

While we investigate alternative funding options to continue our essential service, please dig deep to help EDO Qld!