In and out of the courts, EDO Qld had major wins for communities and the environment this year. As 2017 comes to an end we reflect on the year that was - and how we plan to use the law to protect the environment on behalf of communities in 2018.
In 2018, EDO Qld plans to:
- Stop excessive tree clearing in Qld (395,000 hectares in one year is horrendous. It’s time to protect our native trees and wildlife)
- Clean-up Queensland (Why aren’t mining companies held responsible for their mess? And interstate companies don’t pay a waste disposal levy?)
- Protect the Great Barrier Reef (unsustainable development and pollution must end)
- Fight back against New Acland Coal (despite continued massive advertising by New Acland Coal in favour of the proposal, the Land Court recommendation against this mine achieved after 99 days in Court must be followed)
- Create fairer democratic processes (we support an effective ban on developer and corporate political donations)
- Strengthen citizen’s rights (people, not just big business, deserve a say in legal processes that affect us all)
- Transition to clean energy (the law continues to be a powerful tool to help Queensland move away from Adani and fossil fuels)
- Provide better access to justice for communities (help expand badly needed free legal services for all)
Thanks to your support to date, we have an outstanding track record in helping communities bring legitimate and considered environment and planning cases before the courts.
In 2017 EDO Qld has:
- Been there for communities like the farmers from Oakey Coal Action Alliance in their big win against coal;
- Strengthened economic guidelines to stop industry job exaggerations across the State; Continued to help community groups stand up to the Adani Carmichael mine and associated project. From our landmark case in the Land Court in 2014 to now, we continue to provide legal support to those at risk from this controversial project.
- Fought side-by-side with you for strengthened laws to: reduce excessive land clearing and protect the Great Barrier Reef (plus soon our draft Renewable Energy bill will be presented to Qld government);
- Increased transparency and accountability from government (like political party donations) and industry;
- Empowered thousands of Australians through education of legal rights on environmental matters that affect them (including a state tour on planning laws for communities).
Of course it has not all been great news. Just a year ago we witnessed the worst- ever coral bleaching of our Great Barrier Reef. At the same time our own Government’s showed unprecedented special treatment of coal company Adani.
Since then, we’ve been shocked at times to witness an unsustainable and aggressive attack on our environment continue. For example, right now in Queensland we are seeing alarming rates of tree clearing, self-interested developments lining the pockets of politics and the mass dumping of interstate waste.
We’re also facing massive environmental impacts from controversial projects like Queensland Nickel in the North, Carmichael in the centre and, despite the unprecedented win, New Acland Stage 3 to our South.
Now, more than ever, EDO Qld are needed to help communities protect the environment using the law. We’re ready to make a difference in 2018.