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Qld enhances coexistence of renewables, agriculture and resources

CCS Australia

The Queensland Government has introduced legislation to strengthen the coexistence framework between the state’s agriculture, resources and renewables energy industries.

The reforms aim to create a pathway to assess and manage the impact of coal seam gas-induced subsidence on agricultural land, providing compensation for landholders if required.

Key elements of the legislation include:

  • Expanding the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment’s remit to offer independent scientific advice and develop tools to help manage CSG subsidence impacts on agricultural land.
  • Broadening the Land Access Ombudsman’s role to provide alternative dispute resolution support for a wider range of land access disputes.
  • Transitioning the GasFields Commission Queensland into an entity called Coexistence Queensland with an expanded mandate across resources and renewables. It will enhance information, engagement and education services related to land access issues.

“These reforms are the result of lengthy consultation across sectors and communities,” State Resources Minister Scott Stewart said. “We are committed to a coexistence framework that fosters strong, mutually-beneficial relationships.”

Stewart added the changes align with the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan and enhance frameworks for emerging industries like critical minerals and renewables.

“Making sure companies work with landholders to address subsidence impacts from coal seam gas is important,” he said.

State Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said the reforms ensure local communities benefit from the energy transition.

“Coexistence Queensland will work closely with communities, stakeholders and government as we target 80 per cent renewable energy by 2035,” de Brenni said.

The legislation also aims to improve resource authority assessments and reduce financial risk from companies failing to meet environmental or rehabilitation obligations.

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