Government has no plans to change property legislation
FORMER Treasurer Andrew Fraser once labelled the property law rule as an "accident of history".
It means certain blocks of land titled before 1910 give ownership of the coal below the land's surface to the landholder, not the State Government.
A spokesman for Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the government had no current plans to review the legislation.
A property lawyer who has represented landholders with these title deeds said changing the law would require changing the Acquisition of Land Act and working out a com pensation system.
It could also be very costly.
The lawyer, who chose not to be named, said it was difficult to discover whether land fell under this category because it would mean working out whether any changes to the block would alter its status since the original deed was issued.
He said some landholdersmay have missed the opportunity to receive royalties.
- APN NEWSDESK