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The Environmental Defenders Office Works to Protect the Environment and Other South Australian Attractions
The Environmental Defenders Office in South Australia (EDOSA) is a free community legal service specialising in environmental and planning law. Founded over twenty years ago, the Environmental Defenders Office has a strong public interest focus and provides legal advice and representation.
The EDOSA also takes a very active role reviewing new legislation, responding to government enquiries, and offering community legal education. They are the only community legal service in Adelaide looking after your interests.
The EDOSA Protects Our Food and Wine from Pollution
While some people think that the environment can look after itself, the sad fact is that it can't. It's increasingly under threat from mining companies and governments craving cash. Their short sighted policies put even World Heritage sites like the Great Barrier Reef at risk and threaten the survival of a thriving tourism industry.
In South Australia there are very real threats too. The Limestone Coast - a source of our premium wines and foods - is at great risk due to fracking. While Tasmania have banned fracking for 5 years, the government here is willing to risk one of our most successful tourist attractions being compromised. The fight is continuing with the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance at the forefront.
This Community Legal Service Helped Protect the Environment of the Limestone Coast, One of the Premier South Australian Attractions
Our historic buildings in Adelaide are under attack by the government keen to embrace development at any cost. It's likely that new changes in the planning law will result in a cull of heritage listed places, and the EDOSA has been reviewing these proposed changes. Historic places like Martindale Hall and Fort Largs are now under threat of being sold. Once in private hands they will be lost to the public forever.
When the Jade Monkey bar (former City Steam Biscuit Factory) was under threat in 2012, the Environmental Defender was quick to provide support. Sadly the 130 year old building, the first Balfours Bakery in Adelaide, was later demolished. It is now a bitumen car park.
Other unspoiled South Australian attractions like the Mount Lofty Ranges, Coffin Bay, River Murray and Kangaroo Island are also under threat from development.
In Whyalla the Red Dust Action Group has been fighting a battle over this insidious emission from the OneSteel plant with support from EDOSA.
The EDO Protects Marine Parks SA For the Dolphins (Image Courtesy Debbie Williams)
The Environmental Defenders Office in South Australia has also been active
lodging comment on the nuclear fuel cycle Royal Commission terms of reference
advising on land fill; civil enforcement; harm to marine biodiversity and third party planning appeal rights
a submission to the SA biodiversity inquiry
commenting on an ICAC discussion paper
An EDO supporter says of them: The EDO are the people you call when you find out your neighbour is planning to cut down a significant tree, or when your local council approves a fast food outlet next to a primary school. Their expert submissions also help make new environmental laws stronger, such as the Marine Parks legislation and the River Murray water plans. We can't afford to let them close!
The Environmental Defenders Office in South Australia will close after June 30 this year if they are unable to secure enough funding. They desperately need your support, and also corporate sponsors too. Donations are tax deductible, so please be generous - you never know how much good you will do!
You can make a donation to support this essential community legal service on the GoFundMe website. But please do it soon.