Western Downs landholders wanting to learn what
recent changes to mining and coal seam gas laws will mean for them are
encouraged to attend a free workshop in Miles next month.
AgForce CSG Project Leader Daniel Phipps said landholders attending the Advanced CSG Negotiation Support workshop in Miles would be updated on the new laws and the latest resource industry developments in the region.
"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.
"With about 6800 production wells drilled so far and estimates of 18,000 wells required across the coal seam gas industry, there is significant development yet to occur, so it's vital for landholders to be as informed as possible about what changes to legislation and government policies mean for them.
"The workshop will discuss the laws passed in the Queensland Parliament late last year that included stronger 'make good' obligations on the resources sector, the introduction of restricted lands for both CSG and mining, and improved access to professional hydrological advice.
"Landholders attending the workshop will also get an overview of the latest underground water report, tips on property planning and mapping, and advice on what they should consider when negotiating a Conduct and Compensation Agreement (CCA) with a resource company.
"It's all about ensuring landholders understand their rights and responsibilities so they can protect their properties, their businesses and their livelihoods."
The Miles workshop is being held on Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 9am to 1pm and registrations are essential.
To register, call 3238 6048 or visit www.agforceprojects.org.au and go to the Events page.
Landholders attending the workshop 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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102