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EDO Qld LawAlert: April 2018

13 April, 2018

Your EDO Qld lawyers have prepared summary on Linc Energy, recently found guilty of causing serious environmental harm. We have also been busy presenting to Parliamentary Committees on key environmental issues, including changes to the veg management laws, laws seeking to eliminate corruption in local and State governments, as well as laws ensuring mining land is safely rehabilitated.

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Spotlight on Linc Energy

Liquidated energy company, Linc Energy was recently found guilty of five charges of causing serious environmental harm. They are additionally involved in a number of legal actions in Queensland, including criminal charges against directors relating to operations at the Chinchilla plant. An additional possible class action for alleged mismanagement of underground burning between 2007 and 2013 at Chinchilla is being investigated by commercial law firm Slater and Gordon.

EDO has not been involved in these actions, however the decisions may have wide reaching effect in holding companies and directors to account for environmental damage. More

 

Have your say

Share your views on the Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines by 11 May

Have your say on the draft Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines, currently on public exhibition.

18 large-scale solar projects are under construction across the State, and the draft guidelines are intended to help create a framework for projects to be developed in harmony with other land uses, and in a way that balances the interests of all stakeholders and is supported by the community.

More information about dates and locations of community forums, and where to send your written submissions can be found here.

 

400 submissions made on Vegetation Management Bill

More than 400 submissions were received by the Parliamentary State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee for the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (‘Veg Management Bill’). EDO strongly supported the Veg Management Bill’s intention to reduce excessive tree clearing, however there are changes that must be made to strengthen the Bill, otherwise excessive clearing of wildlife habitats, impacts to Reef water quality and climate change emissions will continue.

EDO Law Reform solicitor Revel Pointon presented to the Committee on 23 March 2018. The Committee will table its report on 23 April 2018. More

 

EDO advocates for strengthened Belcarra provisions

43 public submissions were received by the Qld Parliament for the draft Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 1 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, which seeks to eliminate corruption risk from property developer donations to local and State political parties. EDO Qld congratulate the government for taking this step to introduce some of the recommendations from the Belcarra Report. However, significant new provisions are needed in this Bill to reduce incentives which increase corruption risks in Qld, including a cap on expenditure by candidates and other parties for elections.

EDO’s Jo Bragg and Elizabeth Handley of Brisbane Residents United presented at the Parliamentary Committee’s public hearings on 28 March 2018. The Committee is due to table its report on 23 April 2018. More

 

Stronger provisions needed for financial assurance

51 public submissions were received by the Qld Parliament for the draft Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018, which seeks to ensure that land disturbed by mining activities is rehabilitated to a safe and stable landform that does not cause environmental harm, and can sustain an approved post mining land use.

EDO’s Revel Pointon presented to the Committee advocating for the removal of provisions that currently allow mines to leave un-rehabilitated final voids, and the removal of extremely broad exemptions which will excuse mines from the requirement to fully rehabilitate land on the grounds of cost. More

 

Join us at the EDO’s "hottest" event of the year

SEQld folk, get in fast to secure your ticket to the “hottest” event in town: the EDO Qld annual fundraising event Debate for Justice. Join us in Brisbane on Thursday April 19 to watch retired Supreme Court Judge Alan Wilson QC, former President of the Queensland Court of Appeal Margaret McMurdo AC and Judge of the District Court of Queensland Sandy Horneman-Wren SC take on EDO and Friends debating the topic “Things are hotting up”.

This stellar cast promises wit, bad puns and highly entertaining styles of debate.   Moderator Stephen Keim SC has the task of keeping our lively debaters (and audience!) in line. 
Purchase tickets here

Check out all of our fantastic auction items and raffle prizes here. Pre-bidding for auction prizes will close on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

 

New solicitor

Jane Dillon has joined the EDO Qld team as an Education and Law Reform solicitor. More

 

Volunteer with us!

We rely on lawyers working in relevant fields to assist in the areas of casework and advice, policy and law reform, and educational publishing.

We are currently seeking lawyers with preferably two or more years post admission experience in planning or environmental law to help staff our evening advice line once a month. 

Advice sessions run once a week. Queries spread across local, state and national laws, and often relate to issues such as planning and development processes, pollution and wildlife management.

We do full conflict of interest checks to protect our clients and volunteer solicitors. If you are interested please send your CV and a covering email to edoqld@edoqld.org.au or call 3211 4466. More