Gayndah Multi-Topic Field Day

Gayndah Multi-Topic Field Day

AgForce Projects, with guest speakers from Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) and Grazing BMP held a multi-topic field day in Gayndah.

The field days outlined strategies and plans landholders can put in place to control the spread of pests and weeds, rights and responsibilities in regards to coal seam gas (CSG), property computer mapping and how to get involved in Grazing BMP.

Daniel Phipps, CSG Project Leader, AgForce Projects - AgForce Projects CSG Presentation
                                                                                           - AgForce Projects Mapping Presentation

Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) - Livestock Biosecurity Network Presentation

Jo Gangemi, Grazing Best Management Practices (BMP) - Grazing BMP Presentation

Click here to access templates and fact sheets from LBN.

Further Information

The CSG industry in Queensland is one of many new industries that are now operating in rural areas and another that landholders need to consider when managing farm biosecurity. 
Landholders should also consider:
  • Power companies 
  • Stock routes and inspectors 
  • Main and local roads and maintenance crews 
  • Prospecting or fossicking
  • Any other access by external vehicles or equipment that may pose a risk 
Before a company can undertake advanced activities on a property (e.g. drilling, intensive seismic activities) they must negotiate an access agreement (known as a Conduct and Compensation Agreement- CCA) with the landholder. CCA’s cover compensation for activities and impacts and conduct regarding how activities will be carried out and property specific considerations (including specific biosecurity provisions). 

Under the mandatory provisions of the land access code (LAC) resource companies (including coal and CSG) have an obligation to avoid and manage, by all reasonable steps, the risk of spreading declared pests and weeds in either carrying out their authorised activities or entering lands to carry out these activities. 

The land access code sets down these mandatory requirements but AgForce encourages landholders to negotiate property specific provisions as part of their CCA negotiations. 
These provisions may include:
  • Conducting a weed baseline assessment prior to access to property being granted. Noting landholders should to take into account the time of this inspection in relation to seasonal conditions and growth periods
  • Mapping high risk weed areas on property by the landholder or by the company and copies given to both parties – noting access points, flood areas and creek banks and any quarantine paddocks
  • Review any existing property weed management plans and how this can be integrated into the CSG company activities 
  • Establish in your CCA who is responsible if there is an outbreak as a result of the company bringing on weed seeds via equipment or if as a result of their activities (clearing sites, disturbing soils for example) have disturbed the weed seed bank and weeds become established
  • Detail how long after the company leaves are they responsible
  • Include review clauses and periodic monitoring to ensure any problems are addressed early before weeds become established 
For other considerations please contact CSG Project staff here

Helpful Links

National Standards and Guidelines for Animal Welfare
MLA's new pain relief tool -  ‘Num-Nuts’
Buccalgesic – Pain Relief

Key contacts:
AgForce Projects CSG Team - contact them here.
Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) - http://www.lbn.org.au/ 
Grazing BMP - www.bmpgrazing.com.au

Issues and Complaints:
CSG Compliance Unit (07) 4529 1500 or email - csg.enquiries@dnrm.qld.gov.au 

The CSG Project is delivered by AgForce Projects with the support of the Queensland Government, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, Queensland Resources Council and the GasFields Commission Queensland.
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