An aerial view of Abbot Point’s Terminal 1 with its coal stockpile.
An aerial view of Abbot Point’s Terminal 1 with its coal stockpile. Contributed

Donors gave $1 million for reef legal action

WHILE government funding cuts have hit its bottom line, Queensland's Environmental Defender's Office received more than $1 million last financial year and that helped bankroll several court cases against coal and port projects near the Great Barrier Reef.

Filings show the state's top community environmental legal centre received $289,000 to fund its core legal services, but a further $1 million came via large and small donations and contributions to its fund and climate litigation program.

EDO Qld chief Jo-Anne Bragg declined to name any donors except the Thomas Foundation, which has long promoted its role as the key financial backer for the Fight for the Reef campaign.

EDO Qld is involved in 10 legal challenges to decisions linked to the Carmichael, Alpha and Kevin's Corner coal mines in the Galilee Basin, and various proposals for coal port expansions at Abbot Point near Bowen.

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