Contact: James Plumb, Partner
On 23 May 2017, the Queensland Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources & Mines, the Hon Dr Anthony Lynham, introduced the Land Access Ombudsman Bill (Bill).
The Bill is aimed at facilitating the timely resolution of disputes between parties to conduct and compensation agreements (CCAs) or make good agreements (MGAs), by appointing a land access ombudsman (LAO) to investigate and facilitate resolution of the dispute.
Contact: James Plumb, Partner and Johanna Kennerley, Senior Associate
Part 1: Financial Assurance Review
The Queensland Government is concerned that some 220,000 hectares of land has been disturbed by current and historical mining activities. It is estimated that only 8% of this land has been rehabilitated. This poses a key risk to the State, both in terms of environmental concerns and potential financial impacts in circumstances where the State becomes responsible for rehabilitating the land.
Contact: James Plumb, Partner and Duncan Lomas, Solicitor
In QGC Pty Limited & Ors v Eugenehans Peter Vogt & Anor  QLC 20, the Land Court has handed down its first compensation determination under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld) (P&G Act) in recent years, and importantly since the development of coal seam gas fields to underpin a liquefied natural gas export industry in Queensland.
Contact: Bronwyn Clarkson, Partner and Kelly Pain, Senior Associate
Queensland’s water reforms commenced in full force on 6 December 2016, following some controversial last minute changes made by the current government.
Now that the dust has settled on the changes, we take the opportunity to step through the practical impacts of the changes on proponents and what measures you need to be taking now in order to comply with the new obligations.
The much awaited guideline to the ‘Chain of Responsibility’ amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act) was released on 27 January 2017. While the guideline provides some comfort to industry participants regarding their exposure to liability under the new environmental regime, there is still some speculation as to how the concepts in the guideline will be implemented by the regulator.
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