An ancient rainforest under threat from water mining
Springbrook is home to a globally important Gondwanan rainforest ecosystem in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Water is the lifeblood of Springbrook’s native plants and animals, like the endangered ravine orchid, cascade treefrog and the near threatened Albert’s lyrebird.
Yet water miners have drilled into this ancient ecosystem and removed truckloads of water from aquifers at Springbrook and nearby Tamborine Mountain.
Companies including Coca-Cola Amatil are taking millions of litres of groundwater – and many don’t have to pay a cent for it – to sell in plastic bottles.
We have a chance to put an end to the expansion of the industry here once and for all.
Our lawyers are working with First Nations and other local residents throughout Springbrook and Tamborine Mountain to seek a permanent moratorium and stronger regulation on water extraction near these vulnerable rainforest ecosystems.
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Australia is legally wiping out its unique wildlife
Incredible animals like the greater glider, koala and Tasmanian devil are being wiped out by rampant development, logging and mining.
This destruction shouldn’t be legal. But it often is.
Our lawyers are fighting to fix our broken nature laws and take legal action to hold companies and governments to account over harm to threatened wildlife.
But we can’t do it without you.
Our wildlife is running out of time. The homes of endangered greater gliders are being cut down as you read this.
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Wildlife that need a legal voice
Crocodiles culled for their natural behaviour
A legal loophole is allowing people to get away with recklessly entering croc habitat for content – endangering themselves and the crocodiles.
We’re working with conservationist Bob Irwin to urge the Queensland Government to change the laws to better protect crocodiles.
Australia’s rarest fish
Weak laws are allowing salmon farming to wreak havoc on marine ecosystems in Tasmania. Habitat loss and pollution from salmon farming poses a risk to the Red Handfish, which has around 100 adults left.
Rapid growth and industrialisation of the salmon industry is happening without strong regulations to protect Tasmania’s marine ecosystems, including a lack of protection for threatened species and natural and cultural values of a Tasmanian World Heritage Area.
Australia is a world leader in chopping down trees and wiping out animals
The greater glider, Australia’s largest gliding mammal, once ruled the treetops. But land clearing and climate change now threaten the survival of this iconic animal.
Gliders were upgraded from Vulnerable to Endangered on the Federal Government’s list of threatened species last year. But being a “protected animal” in Australia doesn’t mean you’re safe.
Logging of greater glider habitat is still occurring because outdated and flimsy laws are failing our even our most iconic threatened animals.
You can help power the legal fight to fix broken laws that threaten the survival of animals like the greater glider.
Legal work for wildlife that needs your support
Your donation today can power:
• Urgent legal action to stop bulldozers in their tracks.
• Landmark cases that establish legal protections for wildlife.
• Legal advice to communities fighting to defend habitat.
• Legal and scientific expertise to drive meaningful law reform.
Together, we can fix our broken nature laws and take legal action to turn the extinction crisis around.
By donating today, you will help propel the legal fight against destructive activities that are driving our native wildlife to extinction.
The law is our last line of defence to keep our wildlife safe. With the power of donations from people like you, we’ve fought some of the biggest nature battles in Australia, and won.
We have the expertise to hold governments and companies to account using the law, but without passionate people like you, we won’t have the resources to take action in the courts.
Driven by dedicated supporters like you, Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the largest environmental legal centre in the Australia-Pacific, dedicated to protecting our climate, communities and shared environment by running groundbreaking legal cases, leading law reform and providing access to justice.
Defending the environment with and on behalf of First Nations peoples, community groups and individuals in the highest courts.
Holding government and industry to account over matters like development, pollution, and environmental destruction.
Designing and advocating for stronger state and federal environmental laws to protect our environment and native species.