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The EDO is a Community Legal Centre specialising in public interest environmental law. The EDO offers professional legal advice and (in a small number of cases) representation, help with environmental law research and community legal education.
The EDO exists to serve a need in the community for legal assistance with environmental problems. The EDO is a non-profit community-based organisation (EDO Constitution 2011) managed by a committee elected by its members.
The EDO is supported by a variety of public and private sources including:
- Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department (Legal Aid)
- South Australian Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Membership fees, tax deductible donations
Donations to the EDO of $2 or more are tax deductable.
The free EDO advisory service covers all aspects of environmental law. The service is conducted by rostered volunteer lawyers drawn from a panel of Adelaide's most experienced environmental law practitioners and academics.
HOW TO FIND US (back to top)
Getting to the EDO
The EDO is located on the South East corner of Gilles Street and King William Street, Adelaide. The entrance to the foyer of our building is a glass door in the corner of the front courtyard. There is one flight of stairs. Another landmark is that we are directly opposite the Citi Zen Chinese Restaurant and one block up from South Terrace.
The EDO is within easy reach of public transport. Ring the Passenger Transport Board on ph. (08) 8210 1000 for details of nearby buses and trams. There is ample on-street car parking in the evenings and a bicycle rack by the front door.
Clients with mobility difficulties are encouraged to discuss this with us when you call. We have access to nearby ground floor premises and can even make house-calls.
Monday 9.30am - 2.30pm, Tuesday - Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm, Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Location: 408 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
Post: GPO Box 170, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: +61 (08) 8410 3833
Fax: +61 (08) 8410 3855
Country freecall: 1800 337 566
WHAT DO WE OFFER? (back to top)
Appointments are necessary and initial consultations are limited to around half an hour. Complex public interest matters may require referral to a staff lawyer for further advice or action. The EDO Advisory Service is located in the EDO office at 408 King William Street, Adelaide. The service operates in the evening on selected weeknights and appointments must be made by ringing 8410 3833 or Country Freecall 1800 337 566 during office hours.
Where a problem requires more than the EDO initial free consultation, further assistance may be able to be given in some cases. This might include detailed research and help with preparing cases or representing clients in Court. Because the resources of the EDO are limited, further assistance is restricted to cases that the EDO considers as being in the public interest. On average, we are only able to represent one or two clients per year in Court. The Commonwealth Government will not fund activities that require litigation. Where matters are complex and time consuming, a contribution towards costs will be necessary.
The EDO is able to assist individuals and community groups with submissions to governments on proposed changes to environmental laws.
Community Legal Education
The EDO can arrange speakers for groups and schools on environmental law.
The EDO has facilities available for members, clients and law students to use the Internet for environmental law research.
Equipment available to Community Groups
Do you need a power point projector for the occasional seminar, workshop etc? We have a projector for use by groups and individuals. If you are interested in this service please contact us on 8410 3833.
WHO ARE WE? (back to top)
Solicitor: Melissa Ballantyne
Bachelor of Laws - University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Economics - University of Adelaide
Graduate Diploma Legal Practice - University of South Australia
Administrator: Gabrielle Bond
Patricia von Baumgarten
MEMBERSHIP (back to top)
Members receive regular newsletters about the EDO and current issues in Environmental Law. If you wish to join the EDO, please print out a Membership form and send it to the EDO enclosing your membership fee.
Annual membership fees are:
- Waged: $44.00
- Concession: $22.00
- Corporate: $99.00
- Corporate concession: $44.00