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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    New one-stop shop to boost landowners’ rights

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    New one-stop shop to boost landowners’ rights

    Premier Anna Bligh today announced a package of measures to boost landowners’ rights and respond quickly to any concerns relating to Queensland’s LNG industry.

    Ms Bligh said a new LNG enforcement unit would act as a one-stop shop to respond to safety, land access and environmental concerns.

    The 36-member team would include environmental and groundwater experts, petroleum and gas safety specialists, and staff specialising in land access issues.

    “We have put support for the LNG industry front and centre of the Government’s economic agenda because it potentially means 18,000 direct and indirect jobs, a $3 billion boost to Queensland’s gross state product and $40 billion worth of private investment,” Ms Bligh said today.

    “But we need to balance that with protecting landowners’ rights and the safeguarding our environment.

    “The LNG enforcement unit will have its team based in local communities to respond quickly to any concerns.

    “It will be fully operational by early next year.”

    Ms Bligh also announced a $3.5 million funding injection over three years to go to AgForce’s “Agforward” program.

    The program helps landowners negotiate agreements with Coal Seam Gas companies, including Conduct and Compensation agreements.

    The announcement came as the Premier released the Government’s updated blueprint for the LNG industry: Queensland’s LNG Industry – a once in a generation opportunity for a generation of employment.

    The blue print charts a course for the industry over the next three years focussing on three key priorities:

    • Developing the industry – building a competitive, world-class industry that generates jobs for Queenslanders;
    • Protecting our natural resources – having a strong regulatory system based on science and rigorously enforced; and
    • Making sure regional communities and local industries are prepared for growth and the opportunities it brings.

    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development Andrew Fraser said major development was projected over the coming years, including construction of pipelines from the Surat and Bowen Basins to Curtis Island, Gladstone and Bowen.

    “A whole new export industry industry is becoming a reality with Queensland’s first LNG exports from Gladstone expected in 2014,” Mr Fraser said.

    “That means jobs for Queenslanders. That’s why we are driving skills development to meet industry need –and want to make sure regional communities reap the economic benefits that this industry brings.”

    To access the Queensland Government Blueprint for the LNG industry visit: www.lng.industry.qld.gov.au

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