GasFields Commission with Melanie Findlay


Melanie:

So in 2013, the Government decided to set up an independent statutory body and the purpose of that body was to, a bit of a Utopia vision, improve the sustainability and coexistence between Landowners and gas companies.

4RO:

What a great line, yes.

Melanie:

Yes. So they are doing a review to see how it is working and how they could better improve the Commission’s role. So basically they are evaluating whether or not the GasFields Commission is achieving that purpose, of promoting co-existence and they are evaluating whether or not the functions of the GasFields Commissioner should change. So for example, should he look into impacts on the community as a whole or health impacts? Because at the moment he doesn’t look at that type of thing.

The other thing they are looking at is whether or not he should just look at gas. Should he look at all of the other mining tenements as well, so coal and minerals as well?

4RO:

Mm, very interesting. So who should make a submission?

Melanie:

So if you are a landowner affected by mining or gas companies, for example if you are affected by minerals you might feel that you would prefer to have the statutory body to go to, not just about gas.

There is an online survey that you can fill in if you just Google GasFields Commission Review, or you can come to us and we can do a formal submission for you as well.

4RO:

Yeah because I was going to ask, I mean, is it something you should get some advice on before you make the submission or get some advice on where you sit amongst it all?

Melanie:

Well it is not really something that you need legal advice on. Perhaps the Government just needs to hear your experiences dealing with the Commissioner. We are happy to just assist you though if you need some help with drafting and things like that, because we are obviously just interested in this area and assisting landowners there.

The other reason why you might want to make a submission is because generally people are perhaps just concerned about where there food comes from.

4RO:

Sure.

Melanie:

So we have got some people who are just interested in food security and might have concerns about how those two industries can co-exist and we can still eat the food that comes out of the soil that has the gas coming out of it.

4RO:

Sure. So once again, how do we make a submission?

Melanie:

If you go to haveyoursay.dsd.qld.gov.au, there is a link to the commission review in the consultation link and there is an online survey you complete. Or you can just find me at www.reesjones.com.au and I can give you a hand or just even let you know what it is all about.

4RO:

Super, if you do want more details then contact Rees R & Sydney Jones. It was lovely to see you again Melanie.

Melanie:

Thanks, good to be here.

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