Fight for the Reef
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority caved to the pressure of the mining industry and the Federal Government.
They have approved 5 million tonnes of dredge spoil to be dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
This destructive project is now allowed to go ahead -- unless we make a last ditch effort to challenge it in court.
The mining industry, the Abbott Government, Campbell Newman and everyone else with vested interests expect today will be a kick in the guts for the environment movement – something that will deflate us, put us in our place and mark the end of this campaign.
They don't know us well enough. Can you contribute to the citizen-funded legal fight to protect our Great Barrier Reef?
Our lawyers will be the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) of Queensland, an independent community law centre dedicated to public interest advocacy in environmental matters. They'll be representing the North Queensland Conservation Council, an organisation committed to protecting environmentally significant areas in North Queensland.
The groups have got the legal expertise to tackle the project, but need the backing of GetUp members to make sure the case is as strong as it can be.
The Federal Government isn't expecting this kind of resistance. Right before Christmas, it inexplicably cut $10 million from Environmental Defenders' Offices around the country. They thought this would make it easier to get away with the wanton destruction of our treasured environments. Now, they've got another thing coming.
We all know legal battles can be long and expensive. If we can raise $80k together as GetUp members - the project will be confident of covering the considerable legal fees involved in a long fight. That money pays for court fees, printing and overhead costs, and allowing expert witnesses to provide evidence.
Anything we can raise together over $80k, we will use the extra to build our Reef Fighting Fund to power further campaigning, or for further legal costs.