Laws attempt to force farmers and miners to live in harmony

A STACK of laws attempting to force farmers, miners and gas drillers to live and work in harmony were to be passed in Queensland overnight, despite concerns from resources and farming groups.

The rules govern Central Queensland and the Darling Downs, where the resources sector is most likely to collide with long-tilled farming land.

The changes mean that a mining or gas project must be given a specific "regional interest development approval", along with landholder permission, if it is to be built on land designated for farming.

"I do not think the people in regional Queensland want the resources industry banned," Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said during the debate.

"They do not want the coal seam gas industry banned, but they want it controlled."

Deputy Opposition Leader and member for Mackay Tim Mulherin took a swipe at the government on Wednesday night  after it handed out 110 amendments to the proposed legislation at 7.30pm.

He said it was "another disservice to this Parliament".

Mr Mulherin said the government bill was yet to convince key industry groups and councils including the Queensland Farmers Federation, AgForce, Cotton Australia, Toowoomba Regional Council, Planning Institute of Australia and particularly the Queensland Resources Council, which raised issues about the laws.

In a parallel or "cognate" debate, a bill to ban CSG drilling in south-west Queensland between Toowoomba and Cecil Plains was likely to be quashed.

The Katter Party's Ray Hopper wanted the region free of CSG operations but it was opposed by both the government and opposition.

Mr Mulherin said he would not back Mr Hopper's law because "we have seen what has happened in New South Wales and Victoria" where the industry has been stifled.