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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    APLNG export milestone underlines importance of co-operation

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, March 03, 2016

    APLNG export milestone underlines importance of co-operation

    CURTIS ISLAND: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed the Australia Pacific LNG project’s export success with its first six cargoes shipped from the facility since its first shipment on 9 January.

    “To establish an export industry of this scale in such a short time frame is a credit to investors, partnering companies, construction workers, engineers, government officials and importantly, the communities and landholders upstream,” she said.

    “The $60 billion CSG-LNG industry is now generating royalties that will ultimately benefit all Queenslanders.

    “When all six LNG trains are up and running, they are expected to produce 25 million tonnes a year of LNG for export. Queensland will be the world's fourth largest LNG exporter by 2018.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said the onshore gas industry’s direct contribution to Queensland’s economy in 2014-15 was $10.6 billion or 3% of Queensland’s Gross State Product.

    “For key upstream economies, the industry’s direct spending totalled $1.5 billion with over 1000 local businesses benefitting,” she said.

    “The three CSG-LNG projects have also directly contributed an estimated $360 million to road infrastructure, and they have contributed almost $250 million towards local community infrastructure and services, such as hospitals, community centres and airport upgrades in the Surat Basin.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said the projects have required the support and co-operation of many directly-affected rural landholders and communities in the upstream gas fields.

    “We take very seriously our responsibility as a government to strike a fair balance between the rights of landholders, communities and the resource sector,” she said.

    Last week, Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham introduced into Parliament the Mineral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.

    “This legislation is an important step towards restoring balance between landholders, the community and the resources sector,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “The legislation honours our election commitments. It restores the public notification requirements. It also restores Land Court objection rights to proposed mines to all members of the community. It gives protection to farm infrastructure.”

    The Bill allows for a protection zone of a minimum 50 metres around principal stockyards, bores, artesian wells, dams and artificial water storages connected to a water supply.

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