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Legislation to connect agriculture, resources and renewables industries

The Queensland Government has introduced legislation that aims to strengthen the coexistence framework for agriculture and resource industries.

The legislation will create a framework that assesses and manages the impact of coal seam gas-induced subsidence on agricultural land and provides a pathway for landholders to be compensated if required.

Other coexistence reforms include:

  • expanding the remit of the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) to provide independent scientific advice, assessment and development of tools to help manage the impacts of CSG-induced subsidence on agricultural land.
  • expanding the role of the Land Access Ombudsman (LAO) to provide support to stakeholders on a broader range of land access disputes through an alternative dispute resolution pathway.
  • the GasFields Commission Queensland (GFCQ) will be given a wider remit and become known as Coexistence Queensland. Its role will be to provide enhanced information, engagement and education services to the community and industry on land access and coexistence issues across the resources and renewable energy sectors.

The reforms will build stronger relationships between resources, agriculture and other land uses and align with key focus areas outlined in the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan.

In addition to the coexistence reforms, the legislation will improve processes for assessing and administering resource authorities, and reduce the state’s financial risk from resource companies failing to comply with their environmental or rehabilitation obligations.

Resources and Critical Minerals Minister Scott Stewart said the reforms are the result of lengthy consultation across the resource and agriculture sectors and regional Queensland communities.

“As a government we are committed to a coexistence framework that encourages the resources industry to build and maintain strong and mutually beneficial relationships with landholders and all stakeholders.

“Making sure resources companies work with farmers and landholders to address any potential impact of subsidence from coal seam gas production is important, and it is what these proposed laws will do.

“The reforms we’re introducing will enhance our coexistence framework for emerging industries like critical minerals and renewable energy and ensure that it meets the challenges posed by coal seam gas-induced subsidence.

“The roles and responsibilities of the GasFields Commission Queensland, the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment and the Land Access Ombudsman will be clearly defined to address gaps or duplication in services currently provided by each institution.”

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