Current cases


EDONT has an active public interest litigation program. We represent individuals and groups seeking to protect the environment in the public interest. 

Maryfield litigation 

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.


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Past cases

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.

See the NTCAT decisions here and here

More case summaries coming soon.

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