WHO ARE WE
The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (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 here. The EDONT is also a registered charity and is able to receive tax deductible donations.
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.
Some of you will have attended a meeting on Saturday 19 March 2016 about the proposed heritage declaration for the Kulaluk Lease Area. Below is the published ‘Statement of Heritage Value’ for the area, as drafted by the Northern Territory Heritage Council. It is open for comment until 28 March 2016Statement of Heritage Value – Kulaluk […] Continue Reading →
EDO NT spent the last week in Borroloola assisting with a human rights and environment advocacy seminar. Hats off to the Environment Centre NT, SEED & Action Aid for their efforts in what were an inspiring few days. Hats off also to our incredible indigenous friends in Borroloola and the strength and passion they bring when […] Continue Reading →
Thank you to all our supporters for being with us for what has been a stormy and yet marvellous year. At the beginning of 2015 it seemed unlikely EDO NT would survive the year. Not only have we survived, but we have thrived! If you would like to read more about what we achieved during the 2014-2015 […] Continue Reading →