Central Queensland landholders wanting advice on how to deal with mining or coal seam gas companies are encouraged to attend free workshops being held in Springsure, Moura and Biloela at the end of the month.
AgForce CSG Project Leader Daniel Phipps said landholders attending the workshops would receive information on the latest resource industry developments in their region and have the opportunity to share their experiences with other landholders.
"Coal seam gas and resource developments are an important issue for landholders and will continue to be into the future, which is why we are encouraging landholders to access this independent service – at no cost to them – while they still can," he said.
"These workshops are particularly relevant for landholders who are negotiating, have negotiated or are renegotiating a Conduct and Compensation Agreement (CCA) or make good agreement with a resource company, however all landholders are encouraged to attend.
"With the Queensland Parliament passing new laws relating to groundwater management and the impacts of resources developments, the workshops are a timely opportunity for landholders to gain a better understanding of their rights.
"It's also a chance to learn more about recent changes to land access laws and the introduction of restricted areas, as well as to get tips on property planning, mapping and keeping quality baseline records.
"It's all about ensuring landholders are as informed as possible in order to protect their properties, their businesses and their livelihoods."
Mr Phipps said the Biloela workshop would focus on landholders' experiences with CSG pipeline developments in the area.
"We are keen to hear from landholders in the Biloela area and along the pipeline routes about issues such as weed or biosecurity management, easement or access agreements and disputes and rehabilitation," he said.
The workshops are being held from 9am to 1pm, at:
- Springsure – Tuesday 29 November 2016
- Moura – Wednesday 30 November 2016
- Biloela – Thursday 1 December 2016
To register, call 3238 6048 or visit www.agforceprojects.org.au
and go to the Events page.
Landholders attending the workshops will also have the opportunity to talk with staff from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines' CSG Compliance Unit to raise compliance concerns or complaints and learn more about the compliance process.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.