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The Environmental Defenders Office
of Northern Queensland (EDO NQ)

Situated strategically right in the centre of the fabulous Great Barrier Reef, the Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland is a non-profit, non-government community legal centre specializing in public interest environmental law. We provide free environmental law advice and advocacy to members of the public about public interest environmental law issues.

Our web site carries a wealth of information about our environmental protection services, and about environmental law in Queensland. It provides fact sheets that summarise and explain planning and environmental law, rules relating to Northern Queensland's World Heritage Areas, and much other useful information relating to this spectacular part of Australia. You can join us to show your support for our work.

Tongan Fruit Bat - Astrolabe Expedition 1826-9

You can see our collection of historic prints in a Flickr Album at: EDO NQ Historic Prints

The collection includes some exquisite prints from three different French expeditions to the region between the 1790s and late 1820s.

You can purchase any of these prints still unsold by emailing us at edonq@edonq.org.au


Keep up to date on environmental law matters by visiting our Facebook page, which has regular feeds relating to environmental law and environmental issues.

Learn about our campaign to achieve the granting of legal personality for the Great Barrier Reef here.

If you would like to support the EDO NQ, and in particular our test cases, we’d encourage you to (a) donate (please consider a regular donation), (b) become a member, (c) make arrangements for a bequest, and/or (d) volunteer.

Please help now by donating via GiveNow:

GiveNow Progress: $29,225 raised so far.

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Thanks to the restoration of some State funding EDO-NQ has been able to employ a Principal Solicitor, Tania Heber, for three days a week. We can now once again assist the community of Northern Queensland with matters relating to public interest Environmental Law. Tania has responsibility for the organisation’s work in planning and environment litigation, legal advice, law reform and community legal education. Tania is ably supported by our Office Manager, Marie Short, working two days a week.

Tania has practiced as a planning and environment lawyer since the mid 1990s largely in Victoria. She has acted for local, State and Federal government departments and agencies in private practice, the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and, more recently, in-house with Victoria’s planning department. Since moving to far north Queensland in 2014, Tania has tutored law students at James Cook University in Cairns.

Through the auspices of the Public Interest Law Clearing House, Tania took on cases for community groups and not for profit organisations, including the Australian Koala Foundation, forest friends groups and an ornithologist specialising in Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos, to help them oppose proposed developments endangering the habitat of protected species of flora and fauna.

“Whilst resources to defend the environment may be limited, our ability to form partnerships with the legal fraternity, students, academics, individuals and community groups will make the legal defence of the environment and progressive law reform possible” said Tania.

Tania has a degree in Arts from Monash University in Melbourne and a law degree from Charles Darwin University in Darwin.


We almost had adequate controls restored on land clearing in Queensland, unfortunately the legislation failed due to the two Katter Party MPs and Billy Gordon, MP for Cook, opposing it. This was despite strong action from the community and hundreds of submissions in support of the legislation. This land clearing management legislation was introduced to Parliament in March by the Labor Government, in the form of the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the Bill failed to pass on 18 August 2016. If passed it would have restored much of the land clearing laws that were in effect in 2012, and improve control of broadscale clearing of remnant vegetation. This would have been hugely positive in protecting Queensland's wildlife, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the reef.

The government is exploring other ways of restoring land clearing controls, which are required under commitments made to the World Heritage Committee to avoid the Great Barrier Reef being listed as "at risk".


Meet with your MP, especially if they’re one of the following cross-bench MPs, and express your support for legislation to restore effective land clearing controls.  You might also like to call their office or send a handwritten letter.
Cook Electorate: Billy Gordon - Email, Phone (07) 4223 1100,
Postal: Shop11, Post Office Centre, 94 Byrnes St, Mareeba QLD 4880

Mount Isa Electorate: Robbie Katter – Email, Phone (07) 4730 1100,
Postal: PO Box 1968, Mt Isa, QLD 4825

Dalrymple Electorate: Shane Knuth – Email, Phone (07) 4235 7100,
Postal: PO Box 1667, Atherton, QLD 4883

Cairns Electorate: Rob Pyne –Email, Phone (07) 4229 0110,
Postal: PO Box 5241, Cairns, QLD 4870

Nicklin Electorate: Peter Wellington - Email, Phone (07) 5406 4100
Postal: PO Box 265, Nambour, Qld 4560

It is vital that we show broad public support for any proposed legislation to those who have the power to make a decision for the better.  Such legislation is a vital step towards reining in the out of control clearing happening across the State.