Who We Are
ABOUT THE EDONT
The Environmental Defenders Office (NT) Inc. (EDONT) is a not-for-profit community legal centre operating in the Northern Territory which specialises in public interest environmental law.
The EDONT is an incorporated association under the Associations Act (NT). A copy of the EDONT’s constitution can be accessed below:
The EDONT is also a registered charity and is able to receive tax deductible donations.
WHO WE ASSIST
The EDONT advises and acts for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect the environment in the public interest.
Where resources permit, EDONT will give initial legal advice, free of charge, to any person who meets our Legal Advice Guidelines. Casework and litigation beyond initial advice will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account our Casework Guidelines. Our Casework and Legal Advice guidelines can be obtained by contacting the office.
Our lawyers aim to achieve ecologically sustainable development by providing legal advice and education to the Northern Territory community and engaging in policy and law reform. Our goals are:
- To provide high quality legal advice on matters of public interest environmental law with a specific focus on issues relating to mining, water, pollution of oceans and rivers, environmental impact assessments and matters of national environmental significance.
- To provide access to justice by being the first port of call for communities, community groups and individuals (especially Indigenous Territorians) when faced with environmental concerns which are a matter of public interest.
- To educate the community of the Northern Territory on matters of environmental law.
MORATORIUM ON EXPLORATION AND MINING IN NT COASTAL WATERS MUST CONTINUE INDEFINITELY The moratorium, which bans exploration and mining in the NT’s coastal waters, must continue to operate past its current scheduled expiry this Friday. The wording of the moratorium states (among other things) that “[s]eabed mining is a new and evolving worldwide industry with [...] Continue Reading →
PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION RECOMMENDS RESTORATION OF EDO FUNDING The Productivity Commission recommended the Federal Government reverse last year’s decision to remove all funding to the Environmental Defenders Offices (EDOs), a national network of community legal centres specialising in public interest environmental law. The Commission report on Access to Justice Arrangements, released today said: “The Commission considers [...] Continue Reading →
28 November 2014 The Hon. Senator George Brandis QC By email and hard copy Dear Attorney General A few weeks ago I met with an Aboriginal Traditional Owner to speak with him about mining issues on his ‘Country’. He is a proud man who has contributed to his community over many years. He [...] Continue Reading →
EDO Northern Territory is hosting two interns for this month. Both Kathleen and Lachlan have made the trip up from Melbourne to gain experience working with a community legal centre and to learn more about environmental law in the Territory. With lots going on at the [...] Continue Reading →