Transparency the key to deals with companies, land holders

AgForce Queensland president Ian Burnett
AgForce Queensland president Ian Burnett Chris Ison

FARMERS are still emerging with concerns about how best to handle advances from the resources industry, but peak body AgForce believes a new register of deals would ease their minds.

The LNP Government will create a database of "conduct and compensation agreements" controlled by the GasFields Commission to record what arrangements were being made between industry and land holders.

From July 1, the commission will also have the power to force government departments and agencies, gas companies and property owners to hand over information.

AgForce Queensland president Ian Burnett said dealings between gas or mining companies and land holders were still occasionally high pressure, but said transparency would be the key.

"We get numerous calls from land holder members who have been approached both in the coal seam gas and mining areas," he said.

"Generally, we advise them to seek legal advice in the first instance.

"Then we tell them to be well informed before they actually sign up and enter into agreements.

"This supporting information can only help them in that position."

Data from the register will be made available but individual deals would remain private.

Topics:  agforce farmers gasfields commission lnp government resources industry

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