Queensland’s new law requires mining companies to inform landholders on proposed projects
The Parliament of Queensland has passed new legislation, requiring mining companies to inform landholders and neighbours about their proposed projects.
The new law restores balance between the rights of farmers, miners, and the community, protects farm infrastructure and restores community objection rights.
The State Development and Natural Resources and Mines minister Dr Anthony Lynham said that the Mineral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill fulfilled Palaszczuk Government's two commitments to farmers and community groups.
Lynham said: "The legislation passed today fulfils the government's commitments to restore community objection rights to proposed mining projects, and to protect key agricultural infrastructure.
"As per our commitments, we have re-established the right for anyone to object to a proposed mining project on broad grounds."
The new legislation reinstates rights removed by the previous LNP Government and gives landholders the right to object resource activities beside their key infrastructure.
The legislation also prevents provisions put into place by landholders from taking effect and follows the government's initiative announced in July last year to restore community objection rights around large-scale mining projects which have been assessed through the coordinator-general.
Under the legislation, landholders will retain a minimum 50m protection zone around key agricultural infrastructure.
They also have the right to prevent any mining lease being granted over restricted land without the owner's consent.
The new changes will come into force on 27 September this year.