Energy & Climate

Urgenda's big climate win - What does it mean for Australia?

16 October, 2018

In an historic community win against climate change, the Hague Court of Appeal has upheld a landmark ruling ordering the Dutch Government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020, from benchmark 1990 levels.

What does it mean for climate litigation in Australia?

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Nature & the Reef

Paradise Dam Fisheries Tribunal appeal

30 December, 2003

EDO Qld acted for lungfish expert Professor Jean Joss and Graeme Armstrong in an appeal to the Fisheries Tribunal regarding a potential preliminary approval for a fishway for Paradise Dam on the Burnett River. Our clients had been denied information about the status of the approval. 

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Nature & the Reef

Mirbelia bushland planning appeal

21 August, 2003

EDO Qld acted for a local community group to appeal Council approval for a residential subdivision that would destroy urban bushland. While the appeal was unsuccessful, it did achieve substantially improved conditions to protect vegetation and water quality.

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Nature & the Reef

Springbrook Cabins planning appeal

17 April, 2003

EDO Qld acted for Friends of Springbrook Alliance to challenge a tourist development approved for an ecologically sensitive part of the Gold Coast Hinterland near World Heritage-listed Springbrook National Park. Although the appeal was dismissed, it led to substantial improvements in the proposed development. The case demonstrated the value of legal action as a way of improving development outcomes because of opportunities afforded to obtain information and for negotiation.

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Nature & the Reef

Marine plants fisheries appeal

15 December, 2002

EDO Qld acted for the Hemmant and Tingalpa Action Group in a successful appeal in the Fisheries Tribunal against a permit for destruction of marine plants. However, the decision was then undermined by the Tribunal deciding that a permit should nonetheless be granted.

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Nature & the Reef

Wellington Point planning appeal

05 June, 2002

EDO Qld acted for Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Bayside Branch (WPSQ Bayside) in a successful case that prevented a residential estate being built on koala habitat beside a wetland at Wellington Point. Wildlife Bayside joined as a co-respondent to the developer’s appeal. Joining as a co-respondent provides the opportunity for a community group to present evidence to the Court and keep pressure on the respondent (the local government in this case) to run a strong case.

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Access to Justice

Fraser Island dingo case

04 May, 2001

EDO Qld acted for conservationist Lyndon Schneiders to seek an injunction to prevent the Queensland Government from culling a substantial proportion of the dingo population on Fraser Island. The case was unsuccessful, but likely to have been instrumental in persuading the Queensland Government to cease the cull and carry out a review.

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Access to Justice

Riverfront bushland planning appeal

02 February, 2001

Represented by EDO Qld, a local environment group successfully overturned an approval by Brisbane City Council for residential development of bushland at Seventeen Mile Rocks in Brisbane. Save Our Riverfront Bushland (SORB) appealed in the Planning and Environment Court under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 the Council’s approval for up to 90 residential allotments proposed by Wingate Developments Pty Ltd and Queensland Cement Limited.

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