Landholders

There are approximately 2,304,300 land titles in Queensland, some with one owner, some with many owners and some joined together to form large land holdings.

Our landholders

There are approximately 2,304,300 land titles in Queensland, some with one owner, some with many owners and some joined together to form large land holdings.

The exact numbers are changing continuously.

Across those 2.3 million titles, 2,188 landholders have 5,107 Land Access Agreements with gas companies.

As of June 2015, the gas companies had paid $238 million in compensation to landholders along with thousands of in-kind agreements such as fencing, roads, gravel and in some areas access to treated water for cropping that are difficult to put a dollar figure on.

While the development and maintenance of gas wells requires access to larger areas of land, overall it’s estimated that less than 0.1 % of Queensland land is under gas well infrastructure.

While that figure might seem small it is still very important to the landholders affected.

The GasFields Commission is aware that mistakes have been made and many changes have been implemented over the past decade to better support landholders.

Land access is now controlled within the Queensland Land Access Framework that includes the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014, Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004 and the Land Access Code developed in 2010.

To access private land for advanced activities that are likely to have an impact on land use, the gas companies and landholders must agree to a Land Access Agreement or Conduct and Compensation Agreement (CCA) prior to work commencing.

The GasFields Commission’s role is to support respectful and balanced working relationships in the gas fields and best practice business to business relationships.

Rather than becoming directly involved in one on one negotiations, the GasFields Commission provide the information needed for informed decision making.

We are currently establishing a network of locally based advisors who can come to a landholder’s property in person and assist.