KAP stands for landholder rights

 

Birdsville landscape - Aug 2012

Birdsville landscape – Aug 2012

KAP has again stood strong for the rights of land owners with the passing of the State Development and Public Works Organisation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.

 The original and contentious legislation, which was passed at just 5 minutes to midnight last year by the Newman Government removed the rights of property owners and individuals to object to any new projects.

 “KAP is not and never will be against mining,” Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said.

 “Mines have been opened successfully and thrived before the original legislation was pushed through parliament last year – I’ve no doubts good mines will continue to stand on their own merit.”

 Mr Katter said it was important property owners who may be impacted by these developments are given a chance to raise their concerns.

 “We are for the rights of property owners, small businesses and communities, we all deserve a voice,” he said.  

 Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said he was supportive of the amendment as it restored an open a consultative process.

 “The former LNP government gave the Auditor General supreme power to make decisions on a landowners right to object,” Mr Knuth said.

 However now due to the restored legislation, the Land Court has the ability to make recommendations to the Auditor General based on submissions from all parties concerned.

 “Access to the whole picture is incredibly important,” Mr Knuth said.

 “Land owners connected via waterways or water tables to the proposed development now have the right to raise their concerns.”

 “Natural justice should never be sacrificed for the sake of corporate interest.”

 

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