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Land Access and Coexistence: Real Progress or False Dawn? 

The Government is proposing major changes to institutional arrangements for managing land access and coexistence in Queensland.  

The first change will be to replace the GasFields Commission Queensland, with Coexistence Queensland. The new organisation will focus on providing education and information to stakeholders on matters related to coexistence and land access across the petroleum, mining and renewable energy sectors.

The second change is to expand the functions of the Land Access Ombudsman by providing access to an alternative dispute resolution process. 

The Government proposes to fully fund Coexistence Queensland; however, an industry-wide levy on tenure holders is being proposed to fund the day-to-day operations of the LAQ and fee-for-service arrangements will be in place for specific dispute resolution functions (these fees will be payable by the tenure holder). 

AMEC has been largely supportive of these new institutional arrangements, as they provide new avenues for achieving outcomes long sought by our members, namely: preventing the escalation of land access disputes to the Land Court; facilitating more efficient land access negotiations; and achieving conduct and compensation agreements that are fair to both landholders and explorers. 

Our advocacy will now focus on the detail of how these new institutions will operate, including their work program priorities and how they will monitor whether these changes are having a positive impact on land access negotiations for both explorers and landholders. 

Water Reviews and Assessments

The Queensland Government has announced that it is undertaking a series of reviews and assessments on Queensland’s water arrangements. 

Already in train are Regional Water Risk (RWA) Assessments for the Central Queensland and Burdekin regions. Each RWA will undertake a comprehensive analysis of local water needs and identify gaps to be filled, as well as identify projects that offer the best potential to achieve economic development through further investment in water. Once complete, the assessments will set out how existing infrastructure, new infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions can be used to maximise water supply and drive economic growth.

Later in the year, the Government will commence a review of the Gulf Water Plan. This review is being initiated because the current water plan does not properly account for growth in demand for water, including demand from the critical minerals sector.  

The wheels of government will be working slowly on these reviews: they generally take a few years to complete, and as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group(s!) for each review, AMEC will be advocating for members throughout the process.

Please find links to maps for member use: 

Burdekin assesment map

CQ assessment area map

Gulf area plan map

2024 Australian Mine Waste Symposium 

In February, the University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute brought together Australian and international experts to talk about mine waste, including how to turn what was once a waste product into a resource and reduce the environmental footprint at the same time.

Several AMEC members presented or spoke at this conference and these videos are just some examples of the innovative and important work that is being done to make the most of our resources and reduce the environmental liability of the minerals sector:

EQ Resources – What waste? Every rock has value (even those without tungsten) 

Heritage Minerals – Transforming the Mt Morgan liability into an opportunity 

Cobalt Blue – Turning an “unloved problem child” (pyrite) into something valuable