Hearing set to commence: legal challenge by Environment Centre NT to EPA and Pastoral Land Board on over 20,000 ha land clearing at Maryfield Station

5 December 2018 Environment Centre Northern Territory v Pastoral Land Board Environment Centre Northern Territory v NT Environment Protection Authority (‘Maryfield litigation’)In early 2018, the Environment Centre Northern Territory (ECNT), represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (NT)(EDONT), commenced proceedings challenging decisions of the NT Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Pastoral Land Board (PLB). Together, these […] Continue Reading →

An overview of the draft Environment Protection Bill and Regulations

The NT Government is currently seeking public submissions on its new laws for environmental impact assessment in the Northern Territory – the draft Environment Protection Bill (draft Bill) and draft Environment Protection Regulations (draft Regulations) (together, draft EIA laws).  These laws are a 2016 election commitment.EDONT’s view is that these reforms are long overdue and […] Continue Reading →

Explainer: the new Environment Protection Bill, appeal rights and what it means for fracking

Yesterday, the NT Government backflipped on its inclusion of open standing for judicial review, and merits appeal rights, in its new Environment Protection Bill.It made this decision before the wider community had the chance to have its say – submissions on the Bill do not close until 3 December.This post explores what this means, particularly […] Continue Reading →

Media release – 9 March 2018

Environmental Defenders Office NT to represent the Environment Centre in Supreme Court challenge to major NT land clearing approval09 March 2018The Environmental Defenders Office NT (EDO) will represent the Environment Centre NT (ECNT) in ground-breaking litigation which questions the legal validity of the decision-making processes which saw the NT’s largest ever land clearing proposal approved […] Continue Reading →

Media release

MEDIA RELEASE 26.07.2016The EDO Northern Territory analysis of where the major parties stand on 12 priority areas for reform of environmental law.The analysis can be found here: http://issuu.com/edonorthernterritory/docs/the_2016_election_vfinal?workerAddress=ec2-52-201-249-239.compute-1.amazonaws.com  The Environmental Defenders Office NT have this afternoon released its analysis of the environmental law reform policy commitments from the major parties. EDO Principal Lawyer David Morris stated that […] Continue Reading →

Kulaluk Lease Area – Proposed Heritage Declaration

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 →

Media release: Water Discussion Paper

MR – Water Planning

A framework for corruption

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: epbc.referrals@environment.gov.au


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 →