Energy & Climate

Newlands coal mine ("Xstrata climate case")

10 August, 2007

EDO Qld acted for Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) in one of the first Australian cases addressing climate change. The case challenged the expansion of a large coal mine operated by Xstrata Coal. An initial loss in the Land and Resources Tribunal was successfully appealed, but the Queensland Government enacted special legislation to preempt the retrial.

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Nature & the Reef

Redland koala planning appeal

15 February, 2007

EDO Qld acted for the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Bayside Branch (WPSQ Bayside Branch) in a case that protected important koala habitat in Southeast Queensland. The case was a challenge to the approval of a residential subdivision.

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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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