The bill will:
- Give the Gasfields Commission a more active role in health and well-being matters, delivering information and ensuring effective community engagement with health specialists and service providers. For example: This would include raising awareness of health and well-being issues with government agencies and facilitating information sharing and communication. For example, the Commission recently convened a ‘Think Tank on Health Issues and CSG’ in Toowoomba with representation from community, research, government and industry.
- Change day-to-day operations and community engagement, extension and communication will be undertaken by Commission.
- Change the General Manager role to a Chief Executive Officer to reflect the broader responsibilities for the position when the chairperson and commissioners are appointed on a part-time basis.
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has welcomes the release of proposed legislation to enhance the operations of the Queensland GasFields Commission.
APPEA Queensland Director Rhys Turner said the proposed package of reforms unveiled by Queensland State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham was based on a balanced review of options.