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.
FRIDAY FACTS This morning Adam Giles stated that the Northern Territory has a very strong regulatory regime to ensure that development does not have adverse consequences for the environment. We disagree. We’ve come up with five examples where the NT legislation falls short and offered solutions to them, which we hope, the government will [...] Continue Reading →
The Australian Network of Environmental Defender’s Offices (ANEDO) said recent suggestions by a Federal Liberal member of parliament that the network was involved in ‘illegal activism’, and therefore should have its tax deductible charity status removed, were ridiculous. “EDOs have a proud history of supporting the community and protecting the environment through legitimate legal means,” [...] Continue Reading →
The EDONT has provided a thorough submission to the NT Government’s inquiry into hydraulic fracturing. The submission outlines EDONT’s concerns with the current Northern Territory regulatory framework applying to ‘fracking’ operations, and provides some comparisons with other jurisdictions. The submission also outlines concerns with ‘fracking’ expressed to us by our clients. A full [...] Continue Reading →
Environmental advocates and activists, indigenous leaders, judges, academics and lawyers from across Australia and the region gathered in Darwin last Friday for the EDO NT’s inaugural Environmental Law Conference. The success of the conference, the calibre of the speakers and the quality of the conversations and connections between delegates showed that despite cuts to government [...] Continue Reading →