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EDO events across Qld strengthen community rights

23 October, 2017

Residents across Queensland will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their legal rights in relation to development decisions, thanks to an upcoming regional tour with community lawyers for the environment, EDO.

EDO North Queensland and EDO Queensland solicitors Tania Heber and Revel Pointon, will partner with local groups across the state, for a regional tour for communities statewide from Mission Beach to Mackay.

The community events are free and will be held across the state with local groups and speakers:

  • Mission Beach: 30th October with C4 - Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation;
  • Townsville: 31st of October with North Queensland Conservation Council;
  • Airlie Beach: 1st of November with Reef Action Whitsunday;
  • Mackay: 2 November with Mackay Conservation Group.

Tania Heber, EDO NQ solicitor, said: “These seminars will focus on community rights to have their concerns heard in decision making on everything from major projects like ports and mines to urban developments under planning laws.” 

“We will be providing step-by-step guidance to help all community members use the power of the law and their legal rights to protect the environment and their health,” she said. 

Revel Pointon, EDO Qld solicitor, said: “Development of all kinds can impact our trees and wildlife, our coastline and Reef and our health. 

“The legal system is difficult to navigate but the law can be a powerful tool for residents or community groups who want to be involved in development decisions that affect them,” she said.

This is an opportunity for the community to come and learn easy steps to make sure they can effectively have their voice heard.

The events will feature extensive Q&A opportunities to discuss issues of particular interest to your local community.

To register, click on the appropriate location above.