MINING and coal seam gas activity and legislation is complex and ever-changing, so it can be hard to keep up to date.
NSW Farmers has launched its Landholder Guide to Mining and CSG in NSW, a comprehensive resource designed to be a one-stop shop for farmers.
NSW Farmers’ chief executive officer Matt Brand said the guide provided up-to-date and detailed information about all mining and coal seam gas activity, along with the state’s legislation.
“With a complex set of regulations, farmers often don’t know where to start or where they stand on mining and coal seam gas issues,” Mr Brand said.
“This guide is that start. With all the information together in a comprehensive and easy to understand way, it allows landholders in NSW to easily get the information they need.
“There is a lot of information about mining and coal seam gas out there, but farmers want accurate information which is targeted to them from a trusted source.
“This guide is the most tailored source of information for landholders to date on these extractive industries in NSW.”
The guide breaks down jargon used in the industry, such as “incidental water” and “overburden”, walks landholders through the process of negotiating land access to a resource company and provides a checklist for land access arrangements.
Mr Brand said the project aimed to improve landholder awareness of mining and coal seam gas activity in the region and improve landholder capacity to negotiate land access arrangements.
“The guide is set out in ten chapters, which represent the lifespan of the process from a landholder’s perspective – from initial negotiation procedures, to post-production and closing down a mine site,” Mr Brand said.
“It details each step in the mining and coal seam gas process, and gives landholders answers to what they need to know at each step.”
NSW Minerals Council just announced the state’s mines will paid $206m in royalties by 2019-20 – $108m in this financial year and $98m over the next three years.
The guide can be accessed at miningandcsginfo.org/landholder-guide or farmers get a free copy posted to them by calling NSW Farmers on 1300 794 000.
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