First ever agreement on the right to say no to
NSW Farmers along with Cotton
and NSW Irrigators Council have today signed an important agreement to secure
additional landholder rights with two of the state’s major gas companies - Australia AGL and . The
agreement represents a major win for NSW Farmers, its members, and regional
communities. The agreement can be viewed here. Santos
The agreement means that the
CSG companies will
respect a farmer’s right to accept or deny coal seam gas drilling operations on
their land. It also means these
companies will not take farmers to arbitration in order to gain property
access. It is the first of its kind and NSW Farmers are extremely optimistic
about the implications this agreement will have for the future of our regional
We will be pushing for other gas companies to come on board as well. All three farming groups will also continue to advocate for independent and robust science and baseline and ongoing water monitoring on the affects of
CSG drilling and extraction on agricultural land.
This is a major win for rural NSW. Although some companies have in the past stated that this is how they will operate, NSW Farmers is pleased that it is now in writing, and it can pave the way for other companies to come on board.
NSW Farmers, NSWIC and Cotton Australia will continue to advocate strongly for the right to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to operations to be enshrined in legislation.
Landholder rights form one part of our lobbying activities on mining and
CSG in NSW and we will also continue to advocate for independent and
robust science and baseline and ongoing water monitoring on the affects of CSG drilling and
extraction on agricultural land. This means advocating for vast improvements to
the Strategic Regional Land Use Policy, including the treatment of biophysical
strategic agricultural land as well as the Gateway Process.
We will also continue to advocate for a more rigorous process by which approvals are made for
CSG exploration and
drilling on behalf of our members.
For further information call the Member Service Centre on 1300 794 000.