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Local residents get raw LNG deal if Arrow goes ahead

GLADSTONE residents will be getting a raw deal if the $17 billion Arrow LNG project goes ahead, according to Gladstone Regional Council.

And the council has warned the fourth LNG development on Curtis Island would have a bigger negative impact than existing projects.

Its latest submission to the Queensland's Coordinator-General says concerns about existing LNG construction prompting skyrocketing rents and increased living costs have "fallen on deaf ears".

But the latest Coordinator-General's evaluation report has rejected the council's requests for more support - and the council's response says "the reverse has actually occurred".

Councillors on Tuesday will vote on a response to the Coordinator-General's report, with the council officer in charge recommending a deputation with the Co-ordinator-General to discuss 33 areas of remaining concerns.

Concerns include social infrastructure commitment, workforce housing, regulatory control for council and the clarity of commitments made.

The council report states there is "no level playing field" when comparing the Arrow LNG project requirements with the other Curtis Island projects.

"The (social impact) conditions for this project have been noticeably less than the conditioning of previous LNG projects, which is all the more disappointing," the report stated.

"(Arrow's) commitments made were out of proportion to its actual impacts, which council saw as being larger than that of the other individual projects."

The council report questions the state's consultation process, saying "scant regard" was given to the council's representations, with all major concerns ignored.

Council wanted more than $72 million in commitments, but the evaluation conditioned only "up to" $11.5 million.

LNG projects:

Cost: Arrow $17.46b, QCLNG $20b, APLNG $24.7b, Santos GLNG $18.5b

Social contributions: Arrow $14.1m, QCLNG $18.9m, APLNG $17.8m, Santos GLNG $17.8m

Topics:  arrow energy, curtis island, gas, gladstone regional council, lng, resources



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