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.
MR – Water Planning
A framework for corruption On Thursday, Planning Minister, Dave Tollner made a decision to spot rezone a large parcel of land in Darwin’s Gardens precinct. This decision, along with many others over the past 12 months have generated significant debate in the community about the appropriateness of the NT’s planning laws. While an anti corruption [...] Continue Reading →
Media release – Port Melville Referral http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/epbc/epbc_ap.pl?name=referral_detail&proposal_id=7510 Comments can be submitted by: Post: Referral Business Entry Point Environment Assessment Branch Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities GPO Box 787 CANBERRA ACT 2601 Fax: 02 6274 1789 Email: email@example.com
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS OFFICE & ENVIRONMENT CENTRE NORTHERN TERRITORY JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Supreme Court quashes water licences after legal challenge by Environment Centre NT The Northern Territory Supreme Court has today quashed the decisions of the Minister for Land Resource Management, Willem Westra Van Holthe, to grant 18 groundwater extraction licences from aquifers underpinning major tropical [...] Continue Reading →
One year more! Environmental Law Centre confirms it will continue to help the community protect the environment and ensure government accountability until at least the next Territory election.a> Riding on the back of an enormous wave of public support, the Northern Territory’s only community legal centre specialising in environmental law, the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), [...] Continue Reading →