Contact: James Plumb, Partner and Audine Bartlett, Senior Associate; Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

The Victorian Government has recently announced a hold on all onshore gas exploration work plans, effectively grinding to a halt coal seam, shale, tight and conventional gas exploration and development in the State of Victoria.

Read more: Victoria Widens Moratorium to Include all Onshore Gas Development

Contact: James Plumb and Audine Bartlett; Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

Since the implementation of the Strategic Cropping Act 2011 (Qld) (SCL Act), the Queensland Government has continued to monitor the concerns of the agricultural industry and regional landholders regarding ongoing resource development. 

Read more: Regional Planning Interests - A New Layer of Approval for Queensland Resource Projects

Contact: James Plumb and Andrew Shute; Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

The Queensland Court of Appeal has recently been asked to consider the legal effect of an election notice issued pursuant to the negotiated access and compensation regime under the Queensland petroleum legislation.

Read more: Negotiated Access to Land in Queensland – Is This the End of ADR?

Recent news that the government is to cut support for solar and onshore wind projects should not deter farmers from investing in the renewable technology.

According to Mark Neath, director at accountant Old Mill (Somerset, England - TIAG), there is still plenty of support for the Feed in Tariff and Renewable Obligation Certificate schemes, despite the recent negative headlines. “The announcement actually related to a new support scheme, not – as many people thought - affecting the existing FiT and ROC payments,” he says.

Read more: Government Support for Solar and Wind Projects Remains, says Old Mill

Contact: Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)


Queensland's strategic cropping land (SCL) regime is under review following a move by the State Government to bring forward the statutory review process by six months.

The Queensland Government has released a discussion paper seeking feedback on the effectiveness of the SCL framework to date and the future of the policy in light of the current reform of state planning instruments, as well as the push towards streamlining regulatory approvals and reducing red tape.

Specifically, the Newman Government is considering whether the existing framework for identifying SCL - based on a series of trigger maps and an assessment against SCL criteria - fits with the proposal to establish Priority Agricultural Areas in statutory regional plans.

Draft plans for the Darling Downs and Central Queensland areas were released in June.  More information on the draft plans can be found in our July update.

The Government is interested in hearing from the resources and agricultural industries on how the legislation and administration of SCL can be improved.  Submissions close on 9 September 2013.

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