An annual review of Queensland land access and resource approval developments has just been launched as an inaugural publication from Ashurst.

The report takes a deep dive into a number of key developments relating to land access and approvals for resource projects in Queensland.  Ashurst stated that while there had been minimal legislative developments, a raft of new decisions from the Land Court, as well as Government initiated review processes had been identified, including:

  •  land access negotiations between resource companies and landholders being affected by issues relating to public liability insurance, local Council rates and vegetation mapping;
  • decisions from the Land Court providing guidance on how compensation is to be assessed under the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (Qld);
  • the Land Court consider mining lease objections made under the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) which came into force at the start of 2020;
  • multiple occasions where a landholder has been ordered to pay the costs of a miner in Land Court proceedings;
  • the Land Court striking out an objection to the grant of a mining lease on the ground that it was frivolous;
  • the Land Court handing down decisions providing particularly useful guidance on the assessment of compensation under the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) relating to the grant of mining leases;
  • the Queensland Audit Office tabling its audit report on managing coal seam gas activities which has led to a number of review processes; and
  • the GasFields Commission Queensland’s release of a new version of its Gas Guide (Gas Guide 2.0).

The full report from Ashurst can be viewed here