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Landholders

As at March 2013: 

3,780 signed agreements for Natural CSG NSW & QLD.  QLD is 3,499.

Under Australian law, property rights and mineral rights have been separate since the 1850s.

All underground resources in Australia, including Natural CSG, are owned by the Crown – not the person who owns the land under which they sit.

However, landholders do have legal rights regarding access, negotiation and compensation.

APPEA's Principles of Conduct include an expectation that companies will engage openly and effectively with the communities in the regions where they operate.

This includes developing good long-term relationships with landholders and local communities based on building mutual trust and respect. Natural CSG operations are long-term in nature with operations in place there for 25 to 30 years.

APPEA emphasises the need to respect landholders' rights, privacy, property and activities. Consultation should involve talking early, talking often, showing respect and compensating fairly.

Natural CSG companies cannot enter land without the landholders' knowledge or consent and must negotiate with the landholder on the placement of any wells or infrastructure. Often it is possible to put wells and pipelines along fencelines or roadsides in order to minimise disruption to farming activities.

Companies must also rehabilitate drilling sites and the sites of wells that have ended their producing lives. Any damage to a property must be promptly rectified.

Landholders are entitled to financial compensation for Natural CSG activities on their properties.

Many farmers find that payments from Natural CSG companies provide a welcome source of steady and predictable additional cashflow.

To view the Queensland Land Access Code click here.

 

Employment and suppliers

 

The Natural CSG industry is creating thousands of jobs in major cities, regional centres and rural areas.

Three major Natural CSG-to-LNG developments are developing major gas export projects that link inland Queensland gas fields to Gladstone.

These and other smaller projects – including Natural CSG developments to supply gas for power stations, industry or household use – are creating jobs throughout Queensland and NSW.

Many other jobs are also being created with suppliers and contractors, such as drilling and services companies. This sector is now a major employer in Queensland's Toowoomba and Western Downs regions, which have unemployment rates that are well below the southern Queenland and national averages. At the end of 2011, the Natural CSG industry employed 12,113 people (4578 directly and 7535 as contractors).

 

Several Natural CSG companies have employment and careers webpages, including apprenticeship applications and skills scholarship forms.

Suppliers

Natural CSG companies are spending many millions of dollars on local services and supply contracts.

They welcome enquiries from potential suppliers. Several Natural CSG company websites provide query or registration of interest forms for suppliers.

For more information see: Energy Skills Queensland - Natural CSG/LNG Projects in Queensland