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Retired judge Alan Wilson becomes EDO Qld patron

15 November, 2017

EDO Qld is honored to announce well-respected retired Supreme Court judge The Hon Alan Wilson QC as our organisation’s new patron.

In his patron statement for EDO Qld, Mr Wilson said: “My first encounters with the EDO occurred when I began to sit in the Planning and Environment Court many years ago.

“Those dealings led to me to respect and, over time, come to admire the way the Office strove to provide high calibre legal representation to the community in a range of environmental matters with what were, plainly, very stretched resources,” he said.

Mr Wilson served as a judge in the trial division of Queensland’s Supreme Court from 2009 to 2015 before retiring. Prior to that he was appointed Senior Counsel in 1999, and served as a District Court judge for 8 years from 2001. During that time he worked extensively in the Planning and Environment Court, and managed its lists.

“The ‘environment’ is, of course, the biggest thing we have - and, as is becoming increasingly obvious, what the UK poet Gillian Clarke called its ‘delicate engineering’ is deteriorating in myriad ways. It seems self-evident that the environment should be constantly near the forefront of our attention.

“Increasing interest in and activity around the preservation and protection of our environment often ends up in litigation, and citizens and groups swept up in that litigation will need professional legal help. That is the very assistance the EDO uniquely and, to my perception, effectively provides.”

In his role as patron for EDO Qld, Mr Wilson will raise awareness of the positive work by EDO Qld to encourage those in the wider community to support our organisation.

“(For) the importance of providing an independent ‘voice’ in environmental and planning cases, and the issues around them; and, the limited resources the EDO has to do this vital work – that I warmly encourage you to support the Office.”

Read Alan Wilson's full patron statement