Our Northern Queensland community access to environmental legal services is under threat. Federal Government cuts will have a huge impact on the EDO but we will keep going and are continuing to pursue other avenues of funding including the support of the community.
For 18 years community groups and members of the public have made use of our community legal centre's environmental law free legal service. As well as making submissions on over 300 law reform and policy changes and presenting 200 legal education projects, EDO NQ has assisted over 1300 clients with 9000 information advices; 4170 legal advices and nearly 600 cases. This service assists conservation groups, members of the public and landholders to protect their patch of precious environment and heritage.
The legal services provided by EDO NQ are important for the conservation sector of Northern Queensland who are entrusted to protect this unique environment including the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Riversleigh Fossil Mammal Site.
The Governments of Australia are sending a clear message that protection of the environment is not required in fact it is a burden on their political popularity with miners and developers! In December the Federal Government announced the cancellation of funding to all nine EDOs across Australia.
An, outrageous statement from Australian Federal Minister Greg Hunt, in which he bemoaned the fact that in Australia, mining companies and others have environmental controls and it is much less 'friendly to do business than "Zimbabwe, Moldova, Burkina Faso, we have Libya and even the Islamic Republic of Iran which are considered more friendly, less burdensome in relation to how government approaches investment in projects which is a huge competitive disadvantage for Australia". We're not entirely sure that the majority of Australians aspire to have the environmental protections of Zimbabwe, Moldova, Burkina Faso, Libya and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Federal Government has now, without warning, cut all funding to the Environmental Defenders Offices throughout Australia.
If you disagree with 'Environment' Minister Hunt - DONATE to EDO NQ now. Email your contact details through to us also, so that we can keep you up to date on Australia's descent into the 'Burkina Faso Environmental Management Club'.
Whether you have a special interest in protection of the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rain forests, coastal environments, seagrass meadows, mangroves, desert savannahs, biodiversity, public places, climate change, freedom from pollution, or sustainability - enjoy following EDO NQ's environmental lawyers as they provide access to social justice for the Northern Queensland community and environment. Why not put off that coffee/beer/wine? Invest in a legacy worth leaving behind - a safe and stunning Northern Queensland environment, rich in World Heritage Areas! $10 can make a difference. $10,000 - a bigger one.
Funds raised will ensure the continuance of a free legal service provided by an experienced and skilled legal team in Northern Queensland. Supported of course by the Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices.
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