SEE YOU IN COURT: Al Oshlack and the paper that will be presented in the Federal Court in Sydney tomorrow on the Repco Rally.
SEE YOU IN COURT: Al Oshlack and the paper that will be presented in the Federal Court in Sydney tomorrow on the Repco Rally. Jacklyn Wagner

Federal Court fight to stop Rally

THE man who successfully stopped the $20 million Iron Gates development at Evans Head, Al Oshlack, will tomorrow fight in the Federal Court to stop the Repco Rally.

Mr Oshlack will represent Tweed Heads councillor Katie Milne when she asks the court to issue an injunction to stop the rally on the grounds it will significantly threaten a number of endangered species.

Yesterday, Mr Oshlack, who has no legal qualifications, successfully applied to the Federal Court to have the matter heard urgently.

Mr Oshlack works for the Lismore-based Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network.

Ms Milne is the only non-indigenous client the network has ever represented.

Justice Margaret Stone described the case as ‘a very serious matter’ and set it down for a hearing at 2.15pm tomorrow in Sydney.

Mr Oshlack successfully stopped the Timbarra Gold Mine, near Tenterfield, through a challenge in the Supreme Court in 1999.

He has also been involved in many court proceedings related to environmental protection.

While Mr Oshlack is looking to the Federal Court to stop the rally, Ngarakwal Githabul elder Harry
Boyd has gone straight to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett.

Mr Boyd has asked the Minister to act to stop the rally on the grounds it will have significant impact on local indigenous heritage under section nine of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Protection Act

Mr Boyd is claiming the cultural and heritage report commissioned by the rally only looked at the Kyogle local government area.

The Repco Rally has previously said it will defend any court challenge to stop the rally.


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