EDONT has an active public interest litigation program. We represent individuals and groups seeking to protect the environment in the public interest.
Environment Centre Northern Territory v Pastoral Land Board
Environment Centre Northern Territory v NT Environment Protection Authority
We are acting on behalf of the Environment Centre Northern Territory in the Supreme Court, challenging decisions of the Pastoral Land Board and the NT EPA to permit 20,000ha of land clearing without a formal environmental impact assessment and without properly considering climate change.
These proceedings were heard in the Supreme Court in mid December 2018 and we are now waiting for the Court's judgement.
See our Blog about the case.
Maryfield Station's land-clearing permit becomes first in NT to face legal challenge over climate change - ABC News, 8 December 2018
Maryfield litigation team: Barrister James Hutton; EDONT Principal Lawyer Gillian Duggin; ECNT director Shar Molloy and barrister Peter Bellach.
Gardens planning appeal
In 2017, we successfully raising legal errors in the process of the NT Development Consent Authority, resulting in the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) revoking the permit issued for the “Gardens” development on Blake Street.
This decision was important in ensuring accountability in the planning decision-making process in the NT.
See the NTCAT decision here.
McArthur River Mine security bond
In 2017, we acted on behalf of Aboriginal elder and artist, Jacky Green and successfully obtaining an order from the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) to release the security bond held for the McArthur River Mine, in 2017.
Following the decision, the Mine appealed to the Supreme Court, but the Government changed its policy and created a public register detailing all NT mine security bonds.
Without the EDO, this information would still be obscured from public view.
More case summaries coming soon.
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