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TANIA HEBER, the new Principal Solicitor with Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland, has responsibility for the organisation’s work in planning and environment litigation, legal advice, law reform and community legal education.

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.

Tania is supported by our management committee and our Office Manager, Marie Short. Marie has dedicated her working life to the protection and preservation of the beautiful environment of Northern Queensland by also being the long-serving office manager at Cairns and Far North Environment Centre.



Andrew Read - Graduate Volunteer (ANU)

Russell Schmidt - Graduate Volunteer (University of Sydney)

Haleema Deen - Environmental Law Graduate Volunteer (JCU)

Donald Spearritt - Environmental Law Student Volunteer (University of Queensland)

Anna Seddon - Environmental Law Student Volunteer (University of Melbourne Juris Doctor Programme)

Kate Rietdyk - Environmental Law Student Volunteer (University of Melbourne Juris Doctor Programme)

Jasmine Zamprogno - Environmental Law Student Volunteer (University of Queensland)

All these volunteers made enormous contributions to the research capacity of EDO NQ during their stays with us. We look forward to being able to host more student placements and volunteers when we can again employ a principal solicitor to supervise their work with us, which gives them accredited practical experience towards their degrees.

And thanks also go to:

Many thanks also to the number of dedicated staff who have served EDO NQ over the years, members who have served on the Management Committee and volunteers who have generously given their time, skill and energy. It is only through the dedication and hard work of our staff, Management Committee and volunteers that we are able to continue our work.