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    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Land access legal services expanded to assist CQ landholders

    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, January 04, 2012

    Land access legal services expanded to assist CQ landholders

    The Bligh Government has awarded McInnes Wilson Lawyers the contract to provide land access legal services to Central Queensland landholders potentially affected by resource exploration and development.

    Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining Stirling Hinchliffe said the appointment fulfilled a State Government undertaking to further assist landholders affected by resource exploration and development.

    “The Bligh Government is acting to ensure that local communities and individuals are not disadvantaged,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “It is a free, non-means tested service and it will provide rural landholders with legal advice and assistance for land access and compensation related matters.

    “The Central Queensland service will augment the well utilised legal aid service that operates out of Toowoomba.

    “McInnes Wilson Lawyers has significant experience in the agri-legal planning, environment, energy and resources areas.

    “The law firm will establish a ‘1800 hotline’ to take phone calls from landholders and provide advice about landholders rights and responsibilities as they relate to land access.

    “While McInnes Wilson Lawyers is Brisbane based, firm representatives will visit Central Queensland centres every two months to talk face-to-face with landholders impacted by the activities of resource companies,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    McInnes Wilson Lawyers partner Gerard Timbs said Central Queensland landholders could call 1800 557 992 from next week (9 January) for advice.

    Mr Timbs said a solicitor will be available to take calls between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. An after hours message service will also be set up, with any phone calls returned the next business day.

    “McInnes Wilson Lawyers is pleased to have been awarded the contract and we look forward to continuing our relationship with regional Queensland,” Mr Timbs said.

    “The Queensland Government’s commitment to assist landholders affected by the rapid growth in resource exploration and development should be commended.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said it was important to note the law firm cannot provide representation in court nor can they carry out conveyance work, so landholders should always engage their own solicitor, particularly before they sign any agreement.

    He said Queensland’s land access laws ensure landholders receive adequate compensation and have a say in how companies access their property and how they must conduct activities to minimise impacts.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the 12-month contract with McInnes Wilson Lawyers was worth $300,000.

    Media Contact: Minister’s office – (07) 3006 2463