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Vale Dr John Sinclair AO

05 February, 2019

Remembering Dr John Sinclair AO, the dedicated conservationist who helped protect Fraser Island from mining for future generations.

Dedicated conservationist Dr John Sinclair AO, famous for advocating to protect Fraser Island from sandmining and logging has died. The Brisbane Times has published this article about his achievements.

In the 1970s, John Sinclair with his solicitor Mr Stephen Comino took a legal case which went to the High Court of Australia and which overturned the decision of a Mining Warden to grant a mining lease on Fraser Island (Sinclair v Mining Warden at Maryborough (1975) 132 CLR 473). The Fraser Government’s decision to cancel export licences for mineral sands resulted in the preservation of Fraser Island in its natural state and enabled its listing as World Heritage.

John Sinclair was an outstanding leader of the conservation movement for over 40 years. From time to time EDO Qld lawyers were privileged to provide legal advice to John. He will be sorely missed. His achievements and passion will continue to provide inspiration to all of us to protect the values of our precious World Heritage Sites.

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