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    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Friday, April 01, 2011

    First Surat Basin CSG Engagement group meeting held in Dalby

    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Friday, April 01, 2011

    First Surat Basin CSG Engagement group meeting held in Dalby

    Landholders, mining companies, environmental groups and local government discussed Coal Seam Gas related issues at the first Surat Basin CSG Engagement Committee meeting held in Dalby today.

    The group’s Chairman, former AgForce Queensland President John Cotter, said the committee was important to building stronger relationships and greater understanding across stakeholder groups around the Coal Seam Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas industry.

    “This is a forum where all stakeholders have an opportunity to express wide-ranging views and communicate information,” Mr Cotter said.

    “The discussion in Dalby today was characterised by respect and goodwill from everyone.

    “Representatives were positive and optimistic about the CSG industry, but agreed the industry needed to proceed with caution in order to achieve the right balance between the challenges and opportunities it will bring.

    “We also agreed on the need to maintain strong independence and transparency.”

    Mr Cotter said the group had identified a need for stronger communication with the wider community about water quality monitoring and information.

    “Water quality is a very important issue so two working groups have been set up to develop a communication strategy and report back at the next meeting on May 5,” Mr Cotter said.

    Environment and Resource Management Minister Kate Jones and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe welcomed the first meeting.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the group would also help the Queensland Government ensure development of the CSG industry was balanced with agricultural industries.

    “Mining and agriculture can coexist and this committee will help strike the right balance,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The fact that water management has been addressed at the first meeting and action is being taken is proof that issues raised by the group will be progressed.

    “There’s no doubt the Liquefied Natural Gas industry brings enormous opportunities to Queensland but it must be balanced with agricultural and environmental considerations.”

    Ms Jones said the group gave all stakeholders a clear voice on CSG related matters.

    “This group provides an important forum for key representatives from the local community, agricultural industries, related companies and the government to discuss issues related to the development of this industry and address concerns as they arise.

    “It’s another way our government is ensuring that the community and landholders have a strong voice throughout the growth of this industry.”

    Media Contacts

    John Cotter- 0427 684 122
    Minister Jones’ office- 0408 732 491
    Minister Hinchliffe’s office- 0439 781 886

    Members of the Surat Basin CSG Engagement Committee:


    AgForce – Ian Burnett
    Qld Farmers Fed (QFF)– Dan Galligan
    Qld Resources Council – Michael Roche
    APPEA – Ross Dunn
    Santos – James Purtill
    Qld Gas Company (QGC) – Brett Smith
    Origin Energy – Ms Janet Hann
    Arrow Energy – Ms Leisa Elder


    Maranoa RC – Cr Robert Loughnan
    Western Downs RC – Cr Ray Brown
    Toowoomba RC – Cr Paul Antonio
    DEEDI – Ian Fletcher
    CG – Keith Davies
    DERM – John Bradley
    Qld Water Commission (QWC) – Ms Mary Boydell


    Qld Murray-Darling Committee – Peter Blundell
    Qld Great Artesian Basin Advisory Committee – Roderick Gilmour
    Concerned Landholders Roma North – Peter Thompson
    Jimbour Action Group – John Alexander
    Basin Sustainability Alliance – Ian Hayllor
    Grazier (unaligned) – Don Stiller