Compensation disclosure could lead to unfair pay-outs
QUEENSLAND farmers are resisting a proposal to reveal how much compensation mining companies cough up to operate wells on their land as it could be broadcast in the public arena.
Industry groups have warned that publicly disclosing the information to the Gasfields Commission could lead to unfair comparisons between farmer compensation pay-outs.
According to LNP policy championed prior to its election win, the Government aims to make it mandatory for landholders to provide their property plans to mining companies.
Mining companies are also required to provide a proposed works plan to landholders.
The arrangement could also apply to information provided to the Gasfields Commission.
The policy is targeted at keeping stakeholders informed but many landholders feel otherwise.
Agforce policy manager Sue Dillon told a State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee hearing a balance should be struck about what is released.
"I think it is the David and Goliath issue of resource companies providing information at a larger scale on the impact on communities and the impact on whole areas is fairly different then Bill Bloggs providing information on how much compensation he got," she said on Wednesday.
"I think it is about public information and about a LNG project on a big scale compared to an individual's private stuff."
Ms Dylan said compensation information needed to be treated carefully as no two properties were the same.
"Having ideas about what is acceptable and not certainly helps but there is no one size fits all," she said.
"Having individual per well figures is quite misleading."
The Committee was hearing submissions on the Gasfields Commission Bill, which outlines the independent group's objectives in managing the co-existence of landholders and coal seam gas industry.
Cotton Australia's Queensland policy manager Michael Murray suggested landholders still submit their information to the Gasfields Commission but provide approval before it was released publicly.