Graziers lose ‘tens of thousands’ as QGC forgets about gate
TARGINNIE farmer Darcy Ward's request to gas giant Queensland Gas Company (QGC) is simple: when you're finished, can you please close the gate.
The grazier claims to have lost "tens of thousands of dollars" from his cattle business after QGC allegedly breeched an agreement between the two parties.
Mr Ward claims QGC has failed to close gates between paddocks on his property while installing the gas pipeline to its $15 billion LNG plant on Curtis Island.
Mr Ward said it was difficult to muster his cattle between paddocks if gates were being left open.
"I'm very upset," Mr Ward said.
Mr Ward said a lack of communication between the two parties was also a major concern.
"We would have met with (QGC) about 20-30 times and the meetings go nowhere," he said.
In 2004 Mr Ward's land was acquired by the state government as part of the Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA).
Mr Ward and fellow Calliope grazier Will Wilson have received some form of compensation from the state government, but not from QGC.
Mr Wilson has also experienced similar problems on his Calliope Station property, 40km inland from Targinnie.
"We are not trying to stop the pipeline; we don't want to cause any trouble," Mr Wilson said.
"We want them to recognise they are affecting our businesses."
A QGC spokesperson said it had a licence to construct the Queensland Curtis LNG pipeline through the property under the Gladstone State Development Area Freehold Pipeline Corridor Licence Agreement.
"Mr Ward leases a property from the State Government in the Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA) to graze cattle," the spokesperson said.
QGC is investigating a complaint made by Mr Ward that pipeline construction has affected his ability to muster his cattle.
An independent valuer has also being engaged to assist in determining appropriate compensation.