Environmental Defenders Office - Northern Territory
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Environmental Defenders Office, Northern Territory Inc., Darwin
Due to the Australian Government's decision to discontinue funding to the Environmental Defender Offices, this legal service is now entirely reliant on donations and grant funding. You can donate to the service here http://www.givenow.com.au/environmentaldefenders
The EDO NT will consider an applicant with experience and knowledge in environmental law who can help with research and submissions. This is a small but enthusiastic office and the ideal candidate needs to self manage and contribute valuable knowledge to earn their keep.
The EDO is particularly interested in applicants with an understanding of (or interest in) issues relating to environmental issues that face indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
About this Legal Assistance Service:
The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO NT) Inc. is a not-for-profit community legal centre operating in the Northern Territory which specialises in public interest environmental law. EDO NT is part of a national network of offices, known as the Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices (ANEDO). ANEDO has an active program of policy and law reform work, focussing on national environmental issues such as climate change and water management.
The aim of the EDO is to empower the community to protect the natural and built environment through the law. Their services include:
Free legal advice and representation to individuals and community groups who are working to protect the natural and built environment
Policy and Law Reform work aimed at improvements in Northern Territory environmental law and policy
Community legal education
The EDO in the Northern Territory is unique because of its extensive remote community work and by virtue of its mainly indigenous client base.
Casework at EDO NT
Casework involves activities such as providing detailed written legal advice on a particular issue, and writing letters. In some cases it may involve litigation.
Law Reform at EDO NT
EDO NT are a specialist environmental legal centre and their law reform work reflects this status. EDO NT does not ordinarily campaign on particular environmental issues however they frequently put forward proposals suggesting ways that the law can be improved. These proposals may be in the form of letters on behalf of clients, submissions to Government or advice to environment groups on current legal frameworks or proposed new laws.
Community Legal Education at EDO NT
EDO NT's Community Legal Education Program seeks to empower the community to participate in environmental decision making. The Community Legal Education Program aims to:
produce plain English educational materials explaining environmental law and policy and ways to effectively participate in decision-making;
conduct seminars on key issues in environmental law and policy; and
conduct seminars or community workshops to enable practical participation in environmental decisions.
The EDO conducts a significant amount of its CLE work in remote communities. There may be the opportunities for people on placement to attend remote communities with the EDO's Principal Lawyer. The EDO endeavours to make these trips as cheap as possible, but the cost of attending these trips is borne by the person on placement.
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin has a population of 127,500, making it the largest and most populated city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, but the least populous of all Australia's capital cities. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End's regional centre. Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia's most modern and multicultural cities
The region, like the rest of the Top End, has a tropical climate, with a wet and a dry season. The city is noted for its consistently warm to hot climate, all throughout the year. It receives heavy rainfall during the Wet, and is well known for its spectacular lightning. Darwin is a hub for tours to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge.
Environmental Defender's Office of the Northern Territory
Address: 3 / 98 Woods Street, Darwin NT 0800.
Phone: 08 89815883
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