Environmental Defenders Office (Qld) Inc

Protect The Acland Win

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PROTECT THE ACLAND WIN

EDO Qld is the public interest legal centre representing Oakey Coal Action Alliance, a group of 60 farmers and landholders. The group and other objectors won in the Queensland Land court in 2017 and secured a historic rejection of Acland Stage 3 Coal expansion to protect their land and livelihoods. All after the most intense factual scrutiny ever applied by the Land Court to a mining project

But right now we have to fight to restore that win, in the Court of Appeal.

New Acland Coal has been using big mining money and legal muscle to overturn the 459 page Land Court recommendation. Their lawyers successfully argued in the Supreme Court that the Land Court has no power to consider groundwater quantity as part of the objections process. We do not agree-- so in May we lodged an Appeal to the Court of Appeal. It is vital we win, as groundwater impacts are crucial considerations in protecting agriculture against coal expansion.  

We urgently need to raise $55,000 to help our clients fight New Acland again in Court of Appeal, overturn the Supreme Court findings, uphold the original Land Court findings and see the expansion of the mine rejected.

The Land Court found that the land around Acland on the Darling Downs, is among the best 1.5% of agricultural land in Queensland, and that the mine expansion posed unacceptable risks to groundwater for surrounding farmers. The Court relied on rigorous analysis of extensive evidence of 28 expert and 38 lay witnesses, who gave evidence on oath and subject to cross examination. It was the largest number of witnesses in the Land Court’s 120 year history.

Put simply, upholding the key findings of the Land Court by taking this matter to the Court of Appeal is vital as those findings will have long term broad impacts for the protection of water resources and agricultural land.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE PROTECTION OF PRECIOUS GROUNDWATER AND AGRICULTURAL LAND FOR THE FUTURE, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TODAY.

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8/205 Montague Rd
WEST END QLD, 4101

0732114466
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