20-03-2014 05:01 AM | Australia

Queensland to tighten rules for mining on farmland

Miners will no longer be allowed to start projects on Queensland farmland if they can't strike a deal with a landholder within 40 days under proposed laws.

The laws, due to be passed by parliament on Thursday, allow individual landholders to independently deal with miners seeking to start projects on their properties.

But Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says, if a deal can't be reached within 40 days, miners will no longer be allowed to start a project while their application is before the Planning and Environment Court.
Full Story : Sydney Morning Herald