Join us at the 2017 Developing Northern Australia Conference, being held at the Pullman Cairns International over 19 – 20 June.

Mr James Purtill, Director-General at the Department of Natural Resources and Mines Queensland joins us to discuss Supporting prosperity: Pathways to manage land and water conflicts in North Queensland’.

Mr James Purtill

Traditional Australian progress, growth and investment are inextricably linked to land.  Energy and mineral exports are produced from underneath it.  Agricultural exports grow on it.  The water that sustains agriculture and industry runs across it. Financial markets link security for loans back to interests in land.  In Queensland, the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) is responsible for allocating rights to and interests in land, water and mineral and energy resources. The consideration of conflicting interests goes beyond a choice between two or more individual parties seeking access to the same site.

DNRM has sophisticated, active stakeholders whose aspirations may be polar opposites. A voter in central Brisbane may be interested in the outcome of a proposal to clear vegetation in North Queensland. Landholders may challenge a coal mine being granted access to water. DNRM is working constantly to negotiate these multiple interests in North Queensland in its decision-making in accordance with its vision: “The responsible use of our natural resources—water, land, minerals and energy—to sustainably generate prosperity for current and future generations of Queenslanders”.

This presentation will discuss strategies DNRM is focussing on to improve how it manages complex land and water conflicts decisions; and describe its work in the context of activities to support the prosperity of North Queensland. These include water releases from the Flinders and Gilbert catchments; support to broaden our understanding of the mineral and energy potential of the North West, and work to help agricultural development proponents identify optimum locations in terms of DNRM’s responsibilities

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