Situated strategically amongst the World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics, the Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland is a non-profit, non-government community legal centre specializing in public interest environmental law. This centre provides free legal services to members of the public about public interest environmental law issues.
EDO-NQ offers a case work and legal assistance service, community education and also participates in law reform.
EDO-NQ assists a wide range of environmentally-concerned residents of North Queensland, from Sarina (south of Mackay) to the Torres Strait and across the breadth of Queensland.
Room 3, Serbian Cultural Centre,
67 Greenslopes Street
EDGE HILL QLD 4870
PO Box 656N
NORTH CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone and drop in service are available, but making an appointment is recommended.
Monday to Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
- Casework and representation
- Legal advice
- Community legal education
- Information and referral
- Drop in legal advice consultation
- Booked appointments
- Phone advice
- Information sessions
- Environment and planning
The Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland is a non-profit community legal centre specialising in environmental law in the public interest.
There is an EDO in each Australian capital city, however EDO-NQ is the only regional office. The Office was established in 1996 in recognition of the need for special protection of north Queensland’s fantastically biodiverse environment, encompassing two World Heritage Areas.
EDO-NQ has two part-time staff members: Principal solicitor and Office manager.
A volunteer Management Committee guides and manages the organisation.
EDO-NQ covers a large area from Mackay, out west to Mt Isa, and north to the Torres Strait. As north Queensland’s environment is under pressure from urban expansion, agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, coastal development, roads, tourism etc. there is a high demand for legal assistance.