Gasfields Commission revamp to improve service

Queensland’s Gasfields Commission is set to be revamped to better serve landholders, communities and the onshore gas industry during the next phase of gas development and production. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the proposed changes ...

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New laws force compulsory mediation before rural foreclosures

Banks will not be able to foreclose on Queensland farming properties without offering mediation from July 1. The Palaszczuk Government’s Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016, passed in Parliament today, requires financial institutions to offer debt med...

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DEFENCE LAND 'What you need to know'

The Department of Defence (“Defence”) has made clear that it proposes to acquire properties as part of the Townsville Field and Shoalwater Bay, Training Area Expansion. This comes as a result of the Memorandum of Understand...

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Parliament progresses local management by irrigators in regional Qld

Irrigators from rural communities are one step closer to managing their own schemes after the Water (Local Management Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2016 was passed by the Parliament this afternoon. Water Supply Minister Mark Bailey said he was thrilled that leg...

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Environment Minister welcomes Turnbull Government “surrender” on national park land grab

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles says the Turnbull Government’s forced backdown on a controversial Shoalwater Bay land grab would remove the threat over 5000 hectares of environmentally significant public lands as well as thousands more hectares of p...

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Make Good Agreements – Amendments to the Water Act Burden Resource Companies

Amendments were passed on 6 December 2016, to the Water Act 2000 (Qld) (“Act”), improving Landholders positions when negotiating Make Good Agreements (“MGAs”). Explanatory Notes to the Act, provide: “While resource companies are u...

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Creditor's Statutory Demand

Statutory Demands and Winding Up Why is a Creditors Statutory Demand Relevant to Your Business? Let’s consider the following example: Cattle owned by a company (Smith Pty Ltd) were agisted for grazing purposes on another person’s property (Mr Oxen&...

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Gas investment shows confidence in Qld resources

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today welcomed the latest signs of investor confidence in Queensland’s gas sector, with Senex Energy’s announcement of a new equity injection. Senex today announced that private equity company ...

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Palaszczuk Government Chain of Responsibility guideline takes effect

The guideline for stronger environmental laws to prevent Queensland taxpayers picking up multimillion dollar environmental clean-up bills takes effect today (Friday) following extensive industry and public consultation. “The Environmental Protection (Cha...

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LNP waves the white flag over compulsory acquisition of properties

The Palaszczuk Government will continue to stand up for primary producers in central and north Queensland who face being forced from their properties, says Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne. "In contrast the LNP in Queensland appear to have turned their backs on...

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Treasurer extends transfer duty relief for family farms

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has announced the extension of transfer duty relief for farm water rights transferred within a family. “At the 2016-17 Budget I responded to findings by the Rural Debt and Drought Task Force as well as calls from peak groups, and fa...

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New ‘umpire’ features in gasfields revamp

An independent ombudsman is to be appointed to work with Queensland landholders and gas companies on coal seam gas industry issues. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the new land access ombudsman was a central element of a revamp of the state&r...

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Graziers' futures uncertain as Defence Department looks to expand Queensland training grounds

A Queensland grazier says she is "in the firing line" of the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) planned expansion of training grounds at Shoalwater Bay. Property owners surrounding the area have received written correspondence from the Singapore Joint Developmen...

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New water drives agricultural industry in CQ

Central Queensland’s agricultural industry is set for a major boost with more than 50,000 megalitres of water to be made available for job-creating development. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham...

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Videos aiding change in the billion dollar beef industry

The Palaszczuk Government has released a range of online tools to support Queensland’s multi-billion dollar beef industry. With support from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has produced a series of ...

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Trial access for Type 2 Road Trains to Roma Saleyards has ended

A three-month trial extending access through Roma for Type 2 Road Trains ended at midnight on Saturday, 26 November 2016. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said hours of operation for Type 2 Road Trains have returned to normal while data collecte...

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Nominations open for Queensland pest funding

The Palaszczuk Government is calling for Expressions of Interest for more than $10 million in grants to fight pest animals and weeds in Queensland’s hard hit regions. Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said guidelines had been finalised by the Oversight Gro...

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Half-million-dollar exploration boost drives North-West resources

North-West Queensland’s resources industry will get a half-million-dollar shot in the arm to drive exploration. Speaking at the Queensland Resources Council annual State of the Sector event, Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resourc...

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Guideline for new Chain of Responsibility laws one step closer

A draft statutory guideline to complement the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Act 2016 has been released for public comment. Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has encouraged interested stakeholders to share their views. “T...

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Parliament passes new laws fulfilling Palaszczuk Government commitment to protect groundwater

All mines currently under development in Queensland that will have an impact on groundwater will be required to obtain an “associated water licence” under laws passed in Parliament early today (10 November 2016). Environment Minister Dr Steven Mile...

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Parliament considers underground coal gasification ban

Underground coal gasification is be to banned in Queensland under legislation introduced in State Parliament today. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said amendments to the Mineral Resources Act 1989 ...

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Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (EP Bill)

The EP Bill was introduced to Queensland Parliament 13 September 2016 by the Honourable Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef. The EP Bill proposes amendments to the Environ...

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Councils to benefit from Long Paddock changes

Local councils will be able to manage their local stock routes and collect the funds graziers already pay to use them under legislation introduced into State Parliament today. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Antho...

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Native Title and Freeholding Land

The LawThe Native Title Act 1993 (NT Act) prescribes that all land within Australia is subject to Native Title rights except for that land where Native Title has been extinguished. Conversion to FreeholdDepartment of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) requires...

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New Mining Laws

From 27 September 2016, the Queensland Government has amended the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (MERCP Act) and updated the Land Access Code to reflect the changes in legislation. The amendments to the MERCP Act and the new Land Acc...

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Landholder rights strengthened on mining activity

From today, landholders and miners have more certainty about their land access rights and responsibilities around resource developments. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said today marked the beginni...

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Government proposes tougher environmental laws for groundwater extraction

Resource companies wanting to take groundwater for mining activities will be subject to tougher assessment of environmental impacts under proposed new laws introduced by the Queensland Government. Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles, who tabled the Environmen...

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New vehicle exemption notice will help farmers drive productivity gains

The Palascuzuk Government has paved the way for the safe movement of large agricultural vehicles on roads north of Gympie, with the roll out today of a new exemption notice on heavy vehicle routes. Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Queensland Gov...

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Family Business Concession

The Concession That Keeps On Giving! The Duties Act 2001 (Qld) is not all dire, providing for some exemptions and concessions to the payment of duty.  The Family Business Concession, for example, can reduce or eliminate the duty payable on a transfer of p...

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Trial extends access to Roma Saleyards for Type 2 Road Trains

A three-month trial extending access through Roma for Type 2 Road Trains starts this week. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said Type 2 Road Trains carrying livestock were currently restricted to travelling on the Warrego Highway between Roma br...

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Queensland to allow class action law suits

The Palaszczuk Government will introduce legislation to allow class actions to be brought in the state’s court system. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the move would bring Queensland into line with states like New South ...

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Let’s stick to the facts on land clearing

The Palaszczuk Government’s sensible land clearing laws will allow our agriculture to thrive and protect the environment. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said that the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was deliver...

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Resource sector must provide for mine site rehabilitation

The Queensland Government has delivered a big increase in financial assurance (FA) to cover costs to rehabilitate or restore the environment if the holder of an environmental authority fails to meet its environmental obligations. Environment Minister Dr Steven...

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First exploration plan delivers for resources sector & locals

Queensland’s first exploration forward plan released today will deliver certainty and opportunity to the state’s resources sector and local communities in the state’s north-west, central and south-west. Minister for State Development and Natu...

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Budget delivers almost half-a-billion for natural resources and mines

The Palaszczuk Government will support drought-affected landholders and upgrade the satellite imagery of Queensland used across government as part of the 2016-17 $456.7 million natural resources and mines budget. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Ant...

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Budget boosts abandoned mine clean-up effort

The Palaszczuk Government will commit $42 million in the 2016-17 State Budget on Tuesday to manage public safety risks with abandoned mine sites across Queensland. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the increased funding over five year...

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Government restores farmer & community rights on mining

Parliament today restored balance between the rights of farmers, miners, and the community, passing legislation that protects farm infrastructure and restores community objection rights. Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister D...

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Find out about land tax in Queensland

Most people who own land in Queensland do not need to pay land tax, and probably don’t know about the tax. But before you make a decision about property (for example, buying or selling), you should consider how that decision will affect the liability for...

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Palaszczuk Government delivers better planning system for Queensland

New planning laws passed by the Parliament overnight will ensure the community, sustainability and jobs are at the forefront of planning and development across Queensland. Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Tra...

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“More Changes in Vegetation Laws”

But how exactly will this affect the Landowner? The Queensland Governments promise to reinstate vegetation clearing laws repealed by the previous government have arrived with immediate effect. The changes have serious consequences to landowners. How do these c...

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Parliament supports Adani mine approvals

Queensland Parliament today supported the approval of Adani’s $21.7 billion Carmichael Coal project. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the House agreed a motion that all State Government approvals be provided ...

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“Do not sign anything”

By Venesa Gleeson - Emanate Legal The impacts may be more than what the landholder bargained for. In a David against Goliath stoush, victory has never tasted sweeter for landholder Peter Henry (Henry). He celebrates the spoils of his refusing to allow [perceiv...

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Government moves to enforce ‘chain of responsibility’ system for costly environmental clean-ups

The Palaszczuk Government has moved to introduce new laws to prevent irresponsible businesses from leaving Queensland taxpayers with costly environmental clean-up bills. Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said the Queensland Government would no longer tolera...

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Explorer concession supports Qld resource sector

Queensland’s mineral explorers are to gain a two-year expenditure reduction as they struggle through the global mining downturn. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the 50 per cent concession...

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AgForce President's column on rolling leases

There has been some media recently about proposed changes to the rights of graziers who operate leases on national parks. This was the subject of a recent enquiry by the State government, followed by some political debate on whether leases are rolling or fixed...

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Tree clearing debate to be a key political battle as Queensland Parliament resumes for 2016

Changes to tree clearing laws in Queensland are shaping up to be a key battle for the State Labor Government in 2016. Prior to last year's election, now-Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk committed to reintroducing strict vegetation management rules that were relax...

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Queensland agriculture thriving under Palaszczuk Government despite drought

Queensland’s agricultural sector is thriving under the Palaszczuk Government despite a record drought, says Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson. “The total value of Queensland’s primary industry commodities for 2015-16 is ...

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Aurizon project a bright spark for Townsville

The $40 million Stuart freight terminal project shows how private enterprise can do its bit for generating jobs in the city, according to State Development Minister Anthony Lynham. “Jobs and growth in Townsville will come down to positive investment deci...

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Next steps for the Carmichael coal and rail project

A number of statutory obligations and outstanding legal issues remain to be addressed before I can consider granting the Carmichael coal project mining leases. The Palaszczuk Government has consistently maintained its support for the sustainable development of...

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Underground Water Impact Report leaves landholders high and dry

The Queensland Government’s delayed release of an important Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR) is leaving landholders high and dry and unable to negotiate make-good arrangement from coal seam gas impacts. The UWIR, which is only updated by the Queens...

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