The Federal Government’s restoration of funding for environmental community legal centres is good news for vulnerable ecosystems and communities under threat from ecologically unsustainable development.
The Federal Government’s commitment reinstates crucial Commonwealth funding for the Environmental Defenders Office after federal funding ceased in 2013.
“The restoration of funding is a welcome recognition and recognises the important role EDO plays in our society,” EDO Chief Executive David Morris said.
“People need access to the justice system to uphold environmental laws and challenge bad or unlawful decisions, but few have the resources to do so without our help.
“We provide vital legal services to a wide range of people and organisations, from farmers and First Nations peoples to residents affected by pollution fighting for environmental justice.
“We also contribute to vital law reform and educate the community about their rights and responsibilities.
“The funding announced in yesterday’s federal budget will help us continue that important work.”