The Queensland Government has named six new GasFields Commissioners selected from a pool of more than 80 applicants.
The recently elected Newman Government established the new GasFields Commission in May, stating that its aim will be to manage the co-existence between rural landholders, regional communities and the coal seam gas industry.
The selection process was overseen by a sub-committee involving deputy premier Jeff Seeney, minister for natural resources and mines Andrew Cripps, minister for agriculture, fisheries and forestry John McVeigh and minister for environment and heritage Andrew Powell.
The six new commissioers are:
- Don Stiller – a land holder and former Mayor of Taroom;
- Ian Hayllor – a cotton farmer and irrigator who has a long involvement in managing co-existence through his role as Chair of the Basin Sustainability Alliance;
- Ray Brown – Mayor of Western Downs Regional Council;
- Rick Wilkinson – Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association;
- Professor Steven Raine – a leading academic and soil scientist from the University of Southern Queensland;
- Shane Charles – Chief Executive Officer of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, with more than 20 years experience as a lawyer.
"The LNP Energy and Resources Strategy stated the GasFields Commission would include community leaders where the CSG industry operates, a landholder representative and a resources industry representative and we have kept this promise," Mr Seeney said.
The group will meet with commission chairman John Cotter in July to review the 55 public submissions and provide feedback on how the Gasfields Commission should operate.
Mr Seeney said the input from the GasFields Commission will shape the legislation which will be introduced in Parliament later this year.