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Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland

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.

Street address:

Room 3, Serbian Cultural Centre,
67 Greenslopes Street

Mailing address:

PO Box 656N

(07) 4028 3739
Hours & appointment times:

Phone and drop in service are available, but making an appointment is recommended. 

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm


Key services:
  • Casework and representation
  • Legal advice
  • Community legal education
  • Information and referral
Service delivery methods:
  • Drop in legal advice consultation
  • Booked appointments
  • Phone advice
  • Publications
  • Information sessions
Specialist services & interest groups:
  • Environment
Areas of law:
  • Environment and planning
More information:

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.

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