QLD keeps miners off farmland

The Queensland Government has announced a plan that restricts mining on prime agricultural land.

The Queensland Government has announced a plan that restricts mining on prime agricultural land.
The draft sees 4% of the State as having the topography and soil that is best for agricultural work, and will deny invasive mining on the land.

However, underground mines or coal seam gas operations may be approved under the plan as they could operate without destroying prime growing areas.

QLD Resources Minister Stephen Robertson said under this plan companies will not be allowed to mine if it causes the land to become unusable, as in the case of open cut mining.
The plan is designed to allow mining and agriculture to work together.

"We want to ensure that we have food for the future, but ensure at the same time that our resource industry can also expand for the benefit of all Queenslanders,” Robertson said.

The agricultural industry has butted heads with the mining industry in Queensland a number of times this year over land usage and the effects of mining on growing land.

The State Government is seeking feedback until the end of September from miners and farmers for the plan.

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