Nature & the Reef

Great Barrier Reef dredging case

30 November, 2015

EDO Qld acted for Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) in their Federal Court challenge to Environment Minister Greg Hunt's approval of the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation's (NQBP) application to undertake a program of dredging and dumping near Abbot Point to facilitate development of three new proposed port terminals: Terminal 0, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. MCG claimed there were a number of alleged errors of law in Minister Hunt’s approval.

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Energy & Climate

Alpha coal mine Supreme Court judicial review

04 September, 2015

EDO Qld represented Coast and Country Association of Queensland Inc (CCAQ) who sought judicial review in the Queensland Supreme Court of the 8 April 2014 Alpha coal mine Land Court decision based on the grounds that the law does not allow the Land Court to recommend both refusal and approval with conditions and the law requires the indirect environmental harm, in the form of climate change impacts from the transport and use of the coal, to be considered. 

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Nature & the Reef

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park sea dumping

26 June, 2014

EDO Qld acted for North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) in an Administrative Appeals Tribunal challenge of the decision of Minister Hunt (responsible for the decision of his delegate at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) to grant a permit for the dumping of up to 3 million cubic meters of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.

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Energy & Climate

Alpha coal mine Land Court objection

08 April, 2014

EDO Qld represented Coast and Country Association Qld (CCAQ) in their objection against the approval of the Mining Lease (ML) and Environmental Authority (EA) for GVK Hancock’s Alpha coal mine. The mine would disturb a land area of approximately 22,500 ha, leaving a final void of approximately 2,000 ha. It would run for up to 40 years, extracting approximately 40 million tonnes of run-of-mine coal annually – making it one of the largest coal mining proposals ever seen in Australia.

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Energy & Climate

Friends of the Earth Wandoan coal mine objection (“Xstrata case”)

27 March, 2012

EDO Qld represented The Friends of the Earth – Brisbane Co-Op Ltd (FoE) in their objection to the Mining Lease (ML) and Environmental Authority (EA) for the Wandoan Coal Project, a major open-cut coal mine proposed to operate for 35 years in the Surat Basin of Queensland. FoE argued for the outright refusal of the mine due to its contribution to climate change and ocean acidification once the coal from the mine was burnt.

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Nature & the Reef

Paradise Dam case

10 June, 2011

EDO Qld represented the Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council (WBBCC) who sought to compel Burnett Water, the owner and operator of the Paradise Dam on the Burnett River, to abide by a condition of its approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) relevant to lungfish.

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Nature & the Reef

Booth v Yardley ("Flying-fox case 4")

25 November, 2008

EDO Qld acted for conservationist Carol Booth in an unusual case involving admissions by a fruit grower in the media that he had been electrocuting flying-foxes in defiance of a Queensland Government ban on this method of crop protection. Our client succeeded in obtaining a court order for the dismantlement of the electric grids, although it took two contempt proceedings to achieve the outcome.

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Healthy Communities

Yeronga Park planning appeal

23 November, 2007

EDO Qld represented Ruth Woods in a successful planning appeal run jointly with other objectors to a development approval for a football field in a Brisbane park. This case is an example of what can be achieved by a motivated and well-organised community group.

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