GREAT CROWD: Western Downs residents packed the Dalby Leagues Club on Monday for the seminar.
GREAT CROWD: Western Downs residents packed the Dalby Leagues Club on Monday for the seminar. Sam Flanagan

Ready for when they knock

BEING informed on your opposition when going into battle is vital to gain victory.

More than 100 landholders from across the Western Downs attended a coal seam gas seminar run by Shine Lawyers at the Dalby Leagues Club on Monday.

The session ran for almost four hours, with experts in the field giving advice on where property owners stand when it comes to negotiating contracts with gas companies who want to utilise their land.

Rory Ross from Shine Lawyers detailed the future CSG mining plans of the three major players in the region; Origin, QGC and Arrow Energy.

Arrow has set its sights on introducing 2600 new wells in the coming years across the region.

Mr Ross' colleague Peter Shannon said all landholders should seek professional advice when negotiating, as they are shouted a lawyer, accountant, valuer and shortly an agronomist by the CSG company who want access to their land.

"The state government considers having access to these professions levels the playing field. So it's assumed that you know what you're doing and what you're getting into,” Mr Shannon said.

"If you don't know what your rights are you're easily lead into error.

"It's a whole framework where you're trying to negotiate the best outcome for you and your family... and to try and avoid court if you can.”

Mr Shannon said Shine Layers have dealt with hundreds of matters involving CSG companies, and can see many more on the horizon.

"One of the reasons for holding the seminar was brought on by changes being made to the law soon, and we're very concerned those changes are further diluting landholder rights,” Mr Shannon said.

"We've also become concerned at the number of people negotiating themselves. We get to meet these people when things have gone wrong and we're stuck with the contract that they've negotiated.”


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