In the news: It would be historically inconsistent for the state government to reject the Land Court’s recommendation that it refuse the expansion of the New Acland coal mine, according to statistics from the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) Queensland, reports Lawyer's Weekly.
EDO Qld CEO Jo Bragg was quoted in Lawyer's Weekly story Lawyers Call on Qld government to respect court decision by Tom Lodewkye on 12 September 2017.
EDO Queensland chief executive Jo-Anne Bragg said the government should now respect the court’s decision on the adverse environmental impact of the mine expansion.
“Our analysis tells us it would be inconsistent for the government to depart from a Land Court refusal recommendation by approving the controversial stage three expansion of New Acland,” she said in a statement.
“The court's rare outright refusal recommendation is testament to the high risks stage three poses to the Acland farming community, as proven in court.
“Community objection rights in holding government and industry to account in the independent Land Court are crucial for major projects.”