We’re going to court over Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme

04 December, 2018

EDO Qld has lodged a legal challenge over the Federal Government’s decision to assess Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme without investigating its impact on Australia’s precious water resources.

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Access to Justice

Gunns pulp mill case 1

30 August, 2005

EDO Qld acted for The Wilderness Society (TWS) to challenge a decision by the Federal Environment Minister about matters that should be considered in his assessment of a proposed pulp mill in Tasmania. The case was discontinued when Gunns withdrew their application.

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Healthy Communities

Tamborine planning appeal

29 April, 2005

EDO Qld acted for Friends of Mount Tamborine Association to argue that an appeal by a developer against a refusal for a development on Mount Tamborine should not be permitted to proceed due to a lapse of years since the appeal was initiated. Although the Court ruled the appeal could proceed, some court costs were awarded to our client.

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Nature & the Reef

Booth v Bosworth ("Flying-fox case 1")

04 December, 2004

In the first legal action ever taken under Australia’s current federal environment laws, EDO Qld acted for conservationist Carol Booth in a case that halted the large-scale electrocution of spectacled flying-foxes on a lychee property in north Queensland and led to the end of government-permitted electrocution of flying-foxes.

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Nature & the Reef

Nathan Dam case

30 July, 2004

EDO Qld acted for the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) and WWF-Australia in the landmark case that compelled the Federal Environment Minister to consider the indirect impacts of a proposed dam. The case has considerably broadened the scope of federal environmental impact assessments under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act). 

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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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