Environment Defenders QLD
Adani has a secret hit list, and we are on it.

The ABC has just released an explosive new report detailing Adani’s well-funded, co-ordinated legal strategy to intimidate and silence its critics.

The strategy, executed last year, saw Adani hire a legal firm to send threatening letters to community groups and others it perceived as a danger to its Carmichael Mine.

EDO Qld can reveal it received one such letter last year, containing baseless accusations clearly designed to intimidate us and stop us legally representing the community.

As committed community lawyers, we refuse to be bullied by big corporations like Adani and their expensive lawyers. In response, we’ve set up a fighting fund to ensure we are well-resourced for the battle ahead.

Read more on the explosive report

EDO Qld is under attack, simply for doing our job standing up for the community against Adani’s megamine. 

For years we have been at the forefront of the legal fight against the Carmichael mine, from representing community groups in court in legitimate, carefully considered cases, to providing valuable legal advice to people concerned about the mine and its impacts.

Everyone has a right to engage in the democratic process, and community groups should be able to speak out against the Carmichael mine without being threatened by Adani and its lawyers.

We will not back down in our support of the community – no matter how many baseless legal accusations Adani sends our way.

But we don’t have the financial resources of big mining companies, which is why we need your help.

Adani’s legal war on community groups shows it will use every tool at its disposal to attack its critics, and is willing to spend serious money in an attempt to silence them.

We need to make sure we have the financial firepower to fight back against these threats, and keep the legal pressure on Adani to comply with Queensland and Federal law.

That’s why we’ve set up a fighting fund – to ensure our community legal centre is fully-resourced and able to hold Adani to account.

Read more on the explosive report

Adani’s attacks on us prove we’re doing something right, and hitting them where it hurts.  

That’s why we can’t take a backwards step. 

Every cent of money in this fighting fund will go towards our work ensuring Adani is complying with Queensland law, and that its Carmichael mine is placed under proper scrutiny.

Thanks – any contribution, big or small, will assist in our fight for justice.

Jo-Anne Bragg

CEO and Solicitor, EDO Qld

 

Environment Defenders QLD
The future of a species is at stake.

A new analysis by EDO Qld has revealed Adani is going backwards on its commitments to the critically-endangered Black-throated Finch, apparently cutting out 2000-plus hectares of core habitat from its proposed offset area.

Our investigation also suggests Adani is having difficulties legally securing land for their proposed offset area, highlighting major weaknesses in the document central to their Carmichael mine approvals.

EDO Qld has spent years fighting on the side of the endangered Black-throated Finch.

Our landmark 2015 court case against Adani proved once and for all that the company’s proposed Carmichael megamine sits on the finch’s core habitat, and would constitute an existential threat to the species.

But instead of working to preserve the species, Adani’s latest plans suggest it has actually reduced the size of its proposed offset area, including thousands of hectares that its own studies reveal is prime habitat for the finch.

Until December last year, Adani’s plan proposed to go beyond the minimum requirements of its approved 2016 Biodiversity Offset Strategy. It’s unclear why the company has now changed the plan.

This is why our work is so crucial. 

Without proper scrutiny, companies like Adani can and will ride roughshod over our natural environment, putting at risk our precious native species and ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef.

It takes dedicated scientists, conservationists, and top environmental legal experts like EDO Qld to ensure these mining companies remain accountable.

But it’s an uphill battle to make sure miners like Adani do the right thing and obey our laws, and we need all the help we can get.

If you haven’t given recently, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to ensure EDO Qld can keep fighting the good fight to protect our endangered wildlife and natural areas.

If you can’t make a donation right now, please consider sharing our page with friends and family via email or social media. Getting the word out on this issue is vitally important.

Thanks very much Diane, for all your support.

Jo-Anne Bragg

CEO and Solicitor, EDO Qld

PS – Keen to make a splash for the Great Barrier Reef? Our annual swimathon Swim For The Reef is on again, with supporters form all around Queensland taking part to raise much-needed funds for EDO Qld. 

Attached is a poster advising volunteers that the Sandstone Point Hotel wishes to no longer separate oyster shells, for recycling: rather than sending the information to the Police or ending them to landfill with all other waste.

 

Download:Oyster shell recycling

 

QCC has launched the Queensland’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

There’s nothing as powerful as a photograph to inspire emotions and motivate people to action. That’s why we’ve launched these new Awards, to recognise and celebrate the power of images – and the importance of photographers – in protecting our natural world.

We would love to have all our member groups get on board to make sure the best photographers and most beautiful places in your region get represented in the competition.

Can you include a post about the awards on your social media? Or perhaps you could send an email to your members, or give us a shout-out in your newsletter? To make it easy, we’ve even created these graphics and text you can use straight away – just click here to download.

There are fantastic prizes up for grabs, including a weekend for two at one of Queensland’s top eco-resorts for each of the three category winners, and vouchers for adventure and photography equipment for runners-up and junior prize winners.

Be quick – entries close Friday 8th March – click here for details on how to enter.

The best photographs will be showcased at our Natural Wonders Awards Night on Sat 6th April in Brisbane. Tickets for this glittering event go on sale soon.

So many photographers are also nature lovers, and this photo competition gives them a chance to bring together both their passions. We can’t wait to see all the wonderful entries.

P.S. who do you know who takes great photographs? Why not forward this email to them and encourage them to enter!

Louise Matthiesson

Director, Queensland Conservation Council
Mobile: 0406 041 428
Phone: 07 3846 7833
1/377 Montague Road, West End, QLD 4101
Please find attached the Submission to Object, BIEPA has made to the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
This Objection has also been sent to all three government representatives for the area.
The Objection has also been sent to the Federal Minister for Environment to be assessed under the EPBC Act, Ramsar and CMS before a decision can be made.
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