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Gas convoys clog rural roads
MORE traffic in a week than they used to see in a year.
Wednesday 16 April 2014  

RURAL areas affected by CSG projects are now seeing more traffic in a week than they were in a year, and roads are suffering.

The was the message from landholders at a recent Gasfields Community Leaders Council meeting held in Chinchilla.

Wandoan landholder Bill Blackley said QGC and APLNG pipelines have gone through the area west of Wandoan and companies were using minor roads that service the rural industry.

“The amount of traffic generated per day was more than these roads normally see in a year and so far we haven’t seen any rehabilitation of these roads taking place,” he said,

Mr Blackley said communication was the key to improving road infrastructure - and the community wanted to know when the roads would be fixed.

Another Wandoan landholder, Ian Staines, said although he had faith the roads would be rehabilitated, the delays and interference to business was a risk and loss to everyone.

“Local government should be out in front, especially where camps are based and where, for example, there are roads with narrow shoulders.”

“Local government have no ability to put pressure on companies to pre-spend. Pre-spend is a nagging issue,” he said.

QGC managing director Derek Fisher said he was not aware before the meeting that roads were an issue when it came to exploration and would look into it.

“The benefit of these sessions is that I always learn one, two or three things...with that comes at least the opportunity to try and solve it,” he said.

Gasfields commissioner John Cotter, who spoke on the subject at the APPEA conference in Perth last week, said from his experience in Queensland the onshore gas industry is now lifting its game on community engagement.

“I’m encouraged by the growing number of explorers and developers who now engage with the Commission and who are proactively seeking to build a social licence for their projects.”