The things you see when you’re on the road.
All of our staff at the GasFields Commission are equipped to be fully mobile so we can hit the road at short notice and travel to wherever our stakeholders need us.
That allows us to set up office in any region whether that be for community workshops, field updates or to visit areas of new development.
It’s the best way for us to stay in touch with our stakeholders and keep abreast of what’s happening on the ground.
And every now and then we come across something in the gas fields that really makes us smile.
On a recent visit to the Roma North gas field development area, the Commission’s communications team came across something that seemed peculiar at first glance.
Amid construction works for a series of well pads, gathering lines and access roads, a lone excavator operator was clearing small pathways leading into the bushland.
Seemingly at random locations and certainly not wide enough for any vehicle or machinery, the pathways were a mystery to the team.
On closer inspection, they discovered that the tiny pathways were actually ‘fauna openings’ and were being regularly used by wallabies to pass through the construction area and into the adjacent bushland.
Among the many regulations that govern these types of major gas developments is the requirement for operators to acquire knowledge of the local fauna and minimise any risk to the species.
In the case of Roma North – it’s wallaby country through and through.
One of the health and safety officers on site also happens to be a licenced fauna spotter/catcher and was a major contributor to the design and placement of these fauna openings.
‘The case of the mysterious pathways’ is a novel way that industry contractors are ensuring the native wildlife is able to get around their usual habitat with minimal disturbance.