Opinion

Reviewing the RPI Act in the interests of ag

By Allan Dingle, Queensland Farmers' Federation President
Updated March 16 2021 - 11:32pm, first published 11:08pm
QFF has welcomed the GasFields Commission's review and is serious about developing a state-based approach to properly address planning and better protect Queensland's agricultural land. Picture: GasFields Commission

Queensland is rich in agricultural, mineral and fuel resources. At times, this creates challenges for the agriculture and resource sectors to manage the interaction between these critical industries. To assist with this ongoing relationship, the Queensland Audit Office has recommended the GasFields Commission Queensland review the coal seam gas (CSG) assessment process identified under the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (Qld) (RPI Act). The review will determine whether the process adequately manages CSG activities in areas of regional interest, the land classifications provided by the legislation are consistent and adequate exemptions are available in the assessment process.

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