THE Queensland Government claims te State’s landholders and miners have more certainty about their land access rights and responsibilities around resource development following the recent introdction of new legislation.

The State’s Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 amendments were made to provide stronger protection against resource activities occurring close to residential buildings and key farming infrastructure.

“The commencement of legislation introduced by the previous government in 2014 was de-layed to allow the Palaszczuk Government time to repeal parts of the Act that would have removed landholder and community rights,” said Dr Lynham.

“The changes coming into effect from today help to modernise and simplify legislation by streamlining land access provisions that were previously spread  across five different Acts.

“This includes protecting the right of farmers, landholders and local communities to be in-formed of proposed mining projects through local newspaper ads and to have the ability to lodge an objection against a proposed mining development.

“Importantly, this is balanced against the Queensland Land Court’s powers to strike out any frivolous or vexatious objections.

“While Queensland’s restricted land framework previously only applied to coal and mineral mining, these legislative amendments ensure the restricted land framework now applies to all types of resources including petroleum and gas development,” the Minister said.