Former AgForce president John Cotter has been appointed to head a new Gasfields Land and Water Commission fulfilling an LNP pre-election commitment.
The Commission will consist of Mr Cotter and 6 other yet-to-be-chosen Commissioners, with 10 permanent staff in Toowoomba and will also assume the responsibilities of the former Queensland Water Commission.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the Commission is designed to repair the damaged relationships between CSG companies and the community, and restore community trust in the gas industry. It will be completely independent and will report to Minister Seeney's State Development portfolio.
It's expected the new body will be established by July 1 and the Minister has promised it will have the clout, budget, legislation and resources to get the job done.
While welcoming the new Commission, AgForce remains concerned about the state governments commitment to ensure land access agreements will become full public documents and will be attached to title.
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