Landholders to give evidence at inquiry
A GROUP of Western Downs residents opposed to coal seam gas projects will on Monday give evidence at the Landholders' Right to Refuse Bill 2015 inquiry.
Hopeland Community Sustainability Group spokesperson Shay Dougall, Hopeland farmers George and Pam Bender and Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton are among those set to give evidence.
Mr Hutton said Lock the Gate supported landholders having the power to veto coal and gas mining on their land.
"Currently no states, including Queensland, give landholders the legal power to stop mining companies from undertaking large scale coal and unconventional gas mining on their land," he said.
"We think it should be a State Government responsibility, rather than a Federal one and we thank the Senator Larissa Waters for bringing this Bill to the table."
Other groups to give evidence at the hearing include the Environmental Defenders Office, the Oakey Coal Action Alliance, the Basin Sustainability Alliance and medical expert, Dr Geralyn McCarron.