Environmental Defenders Office Qld (EDO Qld) is an independent community
legal centre, empowering the community to use the law to protect the
We're your lawyers for the environment, driven by a commitment to
justice and a passion for nature. Our goals are to protect clean air,
soil and water for safe and healthy communities; to preserve and restore
nature, the Great Barrier Reef and wildlife; to advance clean energy and
to keep our climate safe.
We have an excellent track record on environmental protection:
We help everyday Australians to stand up for the environment.
We give expert advice to anyone in the community looking to protect
the environment in the public interest via our community legal advice
line. Volunteer lawyers answer queries that spread across local,
Queensland and national laws, and often relate to issues such as
planning and development processes, vegetation clearing, pollution
incidents and wildlife management.
We are international legal experts on laws that protect the Great
Barrier Reef. In the past two years we have represented three
conservation groups in three separate court cases relating to the
dredging and dumping of spoil from the proposed Abbot Point port
expansion. Due to the pressure from the community campaign and Reef
court cases, the government was forced to drop plans to dump dredge
spoil in Great Barrier Reef waters.
We represent individuals and groups in important public interest
cases. Over the years, we've helped farmers, conservationists and
community groups to stop the culling of endangered flying foxes,
challenge mega dams and mining activities, and stop the destruction of
our Great Barrier Reef.
We run landmark challenges showing the importance of public
objection rights. The six-week Adani Carmichael coal mine
objection exposed the fact that Adani grossly overstated the jobs and
royalties that the mine can be expected to generate. Without this case
the claims of Adani would have gone unchallenged in a court of law.
We advocate for stronger laws to protect and conserve your
environment. We've appeared at committee hearings, drafted dozens
of submissions and continue to meet with ministers and department
staff to ensure the environment gets a fair go! In the past we have
successfully achieved changes to both state and federal laws through
the law reform process.
We work hard to educate you about your rights to access
information, challenge risky developments and stand up for our
environment. Since November 2013 we have been delivering free
community information seminars known as 'LawJams', with a range of
guest speakers, including Ministers, scientists, campaigners,
activists, economists and lawyers.
We develop easy-to-understand fact sheets and handbooks so that you
can understand the law. Our 'Community Litigants Handbook',
commonly referred to as the "bible for environmental litigants" and
our 'Mining and Coal Seam Gas Handbook' are in strong demand. Many
rural and urban clients find these handbooks of great benefit.