Staying in Front of Development
It has been a busy, busy month for the GasFields Commission.
We’ve been to 17 towns, held 11 information sessions, covered 7 key subjects, staged 2 pop up offices and directly engaged with more than 250 people in less than 4 weeks.
The Commission spent almost the entire month of May and early June on the road around regional Queensland meeting with stakeholders and hosting a series of information sessions.
The team went to Longreach and Barcaldine to offer support to both councils working with an emerging gas field in their area.
We went to Emerald to find out how that council is working with gas fields being developed mainly around the Rolleston area and inspected Queensland’s oldest coal seam gas field at Moura.
Many people don’t realise that the first commercial production of CSG was back in 1996 and was actually a by-product from the degasification of the Moura coal seam ahead of the mining activity.
After a couple of quick stops to set up our pop-up office to chat with the locals, the team dropped in on the Banana Shire Council at Biloela to discuss
the expanding industry in that area.
We followed up that trip by joining forces with the University of Queensland for a series of regional forums on the social and economic changes they've been tracking in Toowoomba, Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles and Roma.
We took that opportunity to present our own broad industry snapshot to give people in the Surat basin a clearer picture of what the industry is actually doing across the state.
A week later we teamed up with the Land Court of Queensland and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to host a series of information sessions in Roma, Cecil Plains, Dalby and Chinchilla on options for dispute resolution.
Cecil Plains residents were treated to a special presentation on the Regional Planning Interests Act by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning after requesting more information through our regional engagement staff.
We finished up that series of meetings with an information session in Brisbane for senior government and industry executives to ensure everyone has access to the same information.
One of the Commission’s key functions is to engage with industry stakeholders and provide accurate information to the community about industry activity.
We’re confident we are meeting that objective.