UQ Centre for Natural Gas publishes annual town analytics

The University of Queensland Centre for Natural Gas (UQCNG) has published their annual town analytics.

Each year UQCNG conducts in depth research of data and perceptions for key town communities which have hosted coal seam gas development.

Research has been conducted annually since 2015 and the information collected has been analysed and then reported each year.

The information tells the story of the impact of development based on historical and recent trends in key indicators. It a valuable tool to aid decision-making in local and state government, the resource industry, small business, landholders, community organisations, and individual households.

A town booklet has been published for each of these 11 towns (Chinchilla, Dalby, Dysart, Miles, Moranbah, Narrabri, Roma, Tara, Toowoomba, Wallumbilla, Wandoan), providing explanations of the interplay of an array of factors in the town, with the latest research on the impact of the gas industry on regional and rural towns now available.

The latest town booklets containing data and highlights for each of the 11 towns are available here: https://bit.ly/UQCNG-Town-Books

Chapter covers pages from University of Queensland Centre for Natural Gas Annual Town Booklets

Who are the GasFields Commission Queensland?

Established as an independent statutory body in 2013, the Commission’s purpose is to manage and improve the sustainable coexistence of landholders, regional communities and the onshore gas industry in Queensland. The Commission manages sustainable coexistence in petroleum and gas producing regions of Queensland, and will continue to do so as the industry expands into new and emerging basins.

Our vision is to achieve thriving communities in areas of gas development that are free from discord and supported by well-informed, respectful and balanced stakeholder relationships.

One way the Commission is endeavouring to realise this vision is by providing transparency and independent assurances that the onshore gas industry is appropriately regulated and held to account when needed. This in turn will help cultivate sustainable coexistence, whilst ensuring community and landholder confidence in the regulators and gas industry increases.

Drawing on its wealth of experience in the development of the gas industry and by collaborating with other relevant entities, the Commission provides a range of support to communities and landholders, primarily through education and engagement. These education and engagement activities occur with individual landholders via Commission facilitated webinars, information sessions, publications (The Gas Guide, Shared Landscapes Reports), face-to-face meetings and public workshops.

It should be noted that the Commission does not engage in individual negotiations between landholders and gas companies, but rather provides communities and landholders with the information and support they need to make informed decisions and achieve good outcomes.

How can we help?

If you’re a landholder in the Surat, Galilee or Bowen Basins and wish to know more about what to expect with gas field developments, the GasFields Commission (the Commission) strongly encourages you to download a copy of our flagship publication, The Gas Guide 2.0, to obtain all the information you need to negotiate a fair and reasonable outcome should a resource company request to operate on your land.

Gas Guide 2.0 catalogues pertinent information that landholders need to know about the various stages of petroleum and gas development in Queensland – if you have any questions regarding the exploration process, Queensland’s onshore gas industry or you would like to receive a hard copy (ring binder) of The Gas Guide 2.0, please contact us directly via: