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Advice line a hit with environmental defenders

26 February, 2015

From protecting the dugongs feasting on the sea-grass in our bays to the flying-foxes gracing our evening skies - everyday Australians are standing up for their environment and using EDO Qld's Advice Line to ask for help.

We offer free legal advice for individuals, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect the environment in the public interest.

Our advice line sessions run once a week on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Volunteer lawyers answer queries that spread across local, Queensland and national laws, and often relate to issues such as planning and development processes, vegetation clearing, pollution incidents and wildlife management.

Before making a request for legal assistance, callers should consider the following:

  • Is the matter concerned with environmental protection?
  • Is the matter in the public interest? In determining this, we need to be satisfied that the issue has significance beyond the material or financial interests of a particular individual or group.
  • Is private legal assistance beyond the means of the applicant?

If your legal issue does not fit these criteria, you may still find useful information about your legal issue in our factsheets or Community Litigants Handbook.

Are you seeking legal advice in the area of public interest planning and environment law?

Read our casework and advice guidelines, then complete an intake sheet - there's a link at the bottom of the page.

We will assess your eligibility, undertake a conflict of interest check and contact you as soon as we can. If you meet our eligibility criteria, we will contact you during advice line hours and provide up to 45 minutes of assistance.

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

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