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EDO Qld LawAlert: March 2018

14 March, 2018

Your EDO Qld lawyers have prepared an example submission to help you have your say on the new Bill to help excessive tree clearing in Queensland. Next week we will be in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Acland community from Monday 19 March, seeking to uphold the Land Court recommendation to refuse the Acland coal mine expansion.

Help end excessive tree clearing in Queensland

Last Thursday the Queensland Government introduced a new Bill to address the government’s commitments to end excessive tree clearing in Queensland. Thank you so much for your actions to date in supporting strengthened tree clearing regulation to get us all this far. Your EDO Qld lawyers have prepared an example submission, as well as an analysis of the Bill. Will you make a quick submission? This is a key opportunity to effectively help end excessive tree clearing, for our climate, Reef and wildlife.

Have your say using our template before noon Thursday 22 March 2018


Help clean out corruption in local government

The Queensland Government has introduced a Bill to implement some of the recommendations of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s report 'Operation Belcarra: A blueprint for integrity and addressing corruption risk in local government'. This includes the ban on developer donations.

Have your say before 23 March 2018


Back in court defending Acland refusal, 19-24 March

Your EDO lawyers will be back in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Acland community from Monday 19 March. We are seeking to uphold the findings of the 459-page Land Court recommendation to refuse the Acland coal mine expansion. New Acland Coal filed for judicial review in a last ditch attempt to overturn the refusal. Thank you to everyone who has supported this case.



Who pays for the clean-up? Linc Energy

Queensland's Supreme Court has overturned a decision that liquidators for Linc Energy's Western Downs site would be responsible for implementing environmental protection orders of the contaminated area. The Court heard "Linc did nothing to stop, mitigate or rehabilitate the state of affairs that Linc itself had caused." The question now is: who foots the bill? Is it up to Queensland? Stay tuned, EDO Qld will be releasing a report on Linc Energy in the coming weeks.



Disappointing Court decisions in fight for transparency and Blair Athol mine

The Supreme Court has rejected Lock the Gate’s applications to obtain statements of reasons in relation to the transfer and financial assurance required for the Blair Athol mine. These decisions do not improve transparency around the public interest matter of how the government considers the transfer of mines with large rehabilitation requirements to smaller, less financially secure operators and the adequacy of the financial assurance required.



Trip to Lady Elliot Island up for grabs!

This year’s hilarious Debate for Justice (19 April) will see retired Supreme Court Judge Alan Wilson QC, former President of the Queensland Court of Appeal Margaret McMurdo AC and District Court of Queensland Judge Sandy Horneman-Wren SC take on EDO and friends to debate ‘Things are hotting up”. And did we mention the fantastic auction and raffle prizes?  

See the amazing prizes and book your tickets now!

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

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