Sourced from GasFields Commission Queensland
The GasFields Commission is undertaking a stocktake of land rehabilitation efforts and community engagement activities for the three (3) major gas export pipelines connecting the Surat Basin to Gladstone in Queensland.
Commission Chairman, John Cotter said these pipeline projects not only represent a large technical and engineering feat but there has also been a significant community engagement challenge.Mr Cotter said these pipeline easements combined stretch some 1500 kilometres or almost the distance between Brisbane to Cairns, traversing hundreds of individual rural properties and many different local landscapes and regional communities.
"Having personally travelled up and down these pipeline easements many times during the two years of construction and the more recent rehabilitation phase, and having dealt with a wide range of issues, I believe it is vital that we formally capture the numerous insights gained.
Mr Cotter said the pipeline easement stocktake will examine:
Mr Cotter said over the next few months the Commission with the assistance of former National Landcare facilitator Brett DeHayr will undertake the stocktake of these pipeline easements in liaison with landholders, proponents, contractors and regulators."I believe this stocktake will provide some very valuable insights that can be shared and which will help to improve the planning and outcomes of other future major private and public infrastructure projects in Queensland, beyond the onshore gas industry," he said.