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The Protection of Prime Agricultural Land and Other Land
from Coal Seam Gas Mining Bill 2013 (the
Bill) was introduced to Parliament on 7 June 2013 and has
now been referred to the Agriculture, Resources and Environment
Committee (the Committee) for examination and
report. The Committee is due to provide its final report on the
Bill by 9 December 2013.
The objective of the Bill is to protect prime agricultural land
from coal seam gas (CSG) and mining activities to ensure the
sustainability of the agricultural industry and food security in
Queensland. This is said to be consistent with the Queensland
Government's aim of doubling the value of agricultural
production in Queensland by 2040.
The Bill seeks to specifically exclude CSG and mining activities
from designated areas which have been identified as prime
agricultural land, including by:
prohibiting all coal seam gas (CSG) and
exploration mining activities on land east of the Condamine River
from Chinchilla to the New South Wales Border and from the
Longitudinal line running directly through the Chinchilla Post
Office east to the coast; and
protecting areas of identified prime agricultural land as
"potential strategic cropping land" under the
Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011.
It is anticipated that the Bill will be subject to significant
scrutiny and debate and we will keep you updated in this
We note that interested parties are encouraged to make
submissions regarding the Bill before the Committee finalises its
report on 9 December 2013. Please contact Kelly Alcorn if you would
like to know more about the proposed changes.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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