Western Downs workshops support landholders dealing with resource companies
Monday, 15 Aug 2016

Free workshops will be held in south-west Queensland and on the Darling Downs next month to provide advice and support to local landholders dealing with coal seam gas or mining on their properties.

The AgForce Projects Advanced Coal Seam Gas and Mining Negotiation Support workshops encourage landholders to share experiences, concerns and triumphs, but also provide attendees with the support they require to obtain the best outcome for their property and business.

CSG Project Leader Daniel Phipps said the workshops are a great opportunity for landholders who are negotiating, have negotiated or are renegotiating a Conduct and Compensation Agreement (CCA) or make good agreement with a resource company to discuss their issues.

"With the coal seam gas industry moving from the construction phase into production, landholders may be under the impression they no longer need to remain informed about the industry," he said.

"However, with the number of wells in the Surat Basin expected to reach between 18,000 to 40,000 over the life of the industry and about 6000 production wells currently drilled, we strongly encourage landholders to remain aware of their rights and responsibilities.

"We want to ensure landholders are as informed as possible in order to protect their properties, their businesses and their livelihoods.
Brigid Price of 'Hillyvale' in the Arcadia Valley recently attended one of the Advanced CSG and Mining Negotiation Support workshops in Injune "to be able to negotiate from an educated position".

"It wasn't until we attended an AgForce Projects CSG information session that we got any assistance. The assistance and advice was invaluable and we have been able to move forward and negotiate from a much stronger position as a result," she said.

"We have been able to move past the feeling that the situation is not fair and now focus on what is a reasonable compensation."

Workshop attendees will hear the most up to date information regarding legislation updates; industry developments; groundwater impact predictions; get tips on property planning, mapping and keeping quality baseline records; and receive advice on how best to approach land access negotiations.

The workshops are being held from 8.45am to 1pm, at:
  • Injune – Tuesday 6 September 2016
  • Chinchilla – Wednesday 7 September 2016
  • Dalby – Thursday 8 September 2016
  • Meandarra – Tuesday 27 September 2016
  • Dulacca – Wednesday 28 September 2016
  • Wandoan – Thursday 29 September 2016
To register, call 3238 6048 or go to the Events page.

These workshops are delivered with the support of the Queensland Government, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the Queensland Resources Council and the GasFields Commission Queensland.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853 or Scott Whitby 0418 733 102

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