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ACT Greens Senate Candidate, Christina Hobbs and ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, today urged the ACT Government to provide emergency funding for the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO).
“The EDO has suffered extensively as a result of Federal Budget cuts so we now need urgent action,” said Ms Hobbs.
“It is deeply concerning that the not for profit EDO will face imminent closure without emergency funding.”
“The EDO provides invaluable legal, policy and educational services on issues such as environmental protection and planning laws. They are the only organisation in the ACT that provides these specific, important services,” said Mr Rattenbury
“I have raised this several times with my ACT Government colleagues, and wrote to the Environment Minister last week. It is clear that the EDO is in desperate straits, and we need to act urgently.
“The EDO is an advocate for important environmental matters in our region, and it provides advice and assistance to the community on a range of issues including planning and the protection of endangered species.
“The Greens are committed to supporting the community legal centre network, and the Environmental Defenders Office is an important part of this.”
“We have seen the non-profit sector suffer dramatically under the Federal Liberal Government over the past few years, and we don’t want to see any more doors to community organisations closing,” said Ms Hobbs.
“Thanks to the Federal cuts, it now falls on the states and territories to ensure these important services can survive and that’s why we are urging the ACT Government to step in and save the EDO,” concluded Mr Rattenbury.
HOBBS MEDIA CONTACT: Maiy Azize 0421 281 400
RATTENBURY MEDIA CONTACT: Ali Jaques 0481 035 764