Information and Preparation

for
Landholders
who may be approached by
CSG Companies or may have infrastructure
near by.
Introduction

This information has been prepared for the use of those Landholders who may be
approached by CSG companies for access to their properties, but it also applies to those
who are living in the vicinity of CSG, but it is not on their land. Impacts of CSG do not
respect property boundaries.

This document provides some preliminary information for Landholders in preparation for
their own personal strategy for managing their private and business decisions in face of
being approached by the CSG Companies to have wells and infrastructure on or near YOUR
property.

This is a brief document to introduce some concepts as the introduction of CSG activities in
your community can be overwhelming.

This information is relevant regardless if you choose to allow the CSG activity on your
property or not.

Membership in local groups

It is important to understand that at the very least membership in your local community
group will provide you support personally, the process in relation to one individual person
running a family business dealing with Multinational CSG Companies can be very lonely, and
having the support of a group is important.

Membership is as simple as turning up to meetings and signing the sign in sheet to say that
you want to be a member. If your area does not have a group, start one up, help is available
for this as well.

The CSG industry finds it very difficult to operate in the face of an organised community.
They rely on ‘privacy’ and secrecy and will hide behind this as a means of ensuring they only
ever deal one on one.

The local group should develop a documented strategy that outlines the approach the
members agree to take to the CSG Companies. Help is also available to develop this
document.

Being a member provides you with benefits like those mentioned in this document and
more.

A local group can support you in the review of the statutory documents that the CSG
companies are required to develop and are required to maintain compliance with, to ensure
that you are supported in your ability to continue your day to day life, even if the CSG
company is not on your property, but operating around your place, there are still rights and
compliance that they are expected to maintain.

Your local group can provide a forum for those in your community to share experiences and
knowledge in the protection of your home, your agricultural land and businesses and
community.
Your local group may also be able to work toward subsidised baseline testing services and
equipment.

Your local group may also be able to identify and source other services that are independent
of CSG Companies and are truly interested in servicing the need of Landholders and the
community.

Legal Services

It is essential that you engage the services of a Solicitor immediately. This person is YOUR
employee. They are at YOUR service and are there to protect YOU.

Your solicitor should be someone who is very experienced in CSG matters (not solely the
preparation of Conduct and Compensation Agreements (CCAs)).

Let your solicitor know you are a member of a group and your strategy and even this
document and other info your group can provide you.

There is so much more to allowing CSG on your property than just the signing of a CCA that
has been drafted by the CSG company for the CSG company and with very little
consideration to the impacts this will have on your business, home, lifestyle, peace and
enjoyment, water, biosecurity etc.

The first step is to ensure that you do not EVER, EVER, EVER sign anything unless you have
discussed it with your solicitor.

The second step is to not feel under duress or urgency by the CSG company wanting you to
sign to give them access, even if it is JUST for scouting and “associated activities”.

This is YOUR property, business and life and you must consider every aspect of what this
may mean to you in 2 months, 1 year, 10 years.

There is NO SUCH THING as “just scouting”. Allowing any access to your property with a
signature is a slippery slope.

Just a few examples of the things that are not outlined in the short document you will
receive requesting permission to access ‘just for scouting’:

Does this document outline how many people from what company, in how many
vehicles, to what standard of pest and weed protection, for what duration of time, to
undertake exactly what activities.

Are any of those companies included in this “agreement”?

What do you think may include “associated activities”.

What is the background status or even blue card status of those people who will
have unfettered access to your property and home.

What insurance do these companies have for their activities in relation to you place
Baseline Data
Baseline data is a fancy way of saying that you have evidence of the way things are on your
property right now, before it has had any impact by CSG activities.

You should take time stamped photos of your entire property, (no one knows your place like
you) with particular attention for example to:
 Roads accessing your place
 Waterways, dams, turkeys nests, springs, etc
 Overland flow configuration
 Pest, disease and weed infestation levels
 Standard of land that your would expect the land to be returned to if it were
required to be rehabilitated
 Natural flora and fauna

Additional baseline testing that should be obtained but may incur costs (or investment)
include:
 Background noise levels day and night
 Light levels day and night at significant areas such as your home, Stock rest / feed
areas (ie where additional sources of light /noise may compromise their safety /
health
 Atmospheric testing
 Water samples including tanks, bores, dams etc

Copy and include on the Baseline File any data you have that is relevant to attest to the
state of the quantity, quality and standard of soil, water.

If you have Water Bores on your property, we recommend that you start taking the required
monitoring data to demonstrate that flow, recharge, quality and quantity immediately, and
if possible include as much historic data as possible. This should be done on a monthly
basis.

This will assist in identifying any changes in the Bore due to contamination, depressurisation
etc that can happen due to work undertaken around you and not necessarily on your place.

Make sure this data is backed up and stored off site, perhaps with your solicitor.

Make a list of all the things that you have planned for your property into the future,
including any new infrastructure or dwellings you have in mind.

Costs and Meetings
Any activities that you undertake to prepare for CSG activity should be recorded in your
accounts and in you diary to assist in identifying the cost associated in just preparing to have
CSG activity on you place. Some of these costs may be recouped at a later date under
certain circumstances.

It is essential that you identify the value of your time per hour. Any interaction with CSG
Companies will cost you a vast amount of time. The CSG Companies will try to have “off the
record” meetings with you in your home where our natural etiquette is to be polite and
accommodating and to never be rude or say no. They will try repetitive phone calls,
questions, and subtle and ever increasing pressure for the end objective of having your
signature as fast as possible on a CCA that they have prepared.

Have your solicitor advise them that interaction will only be through written communication
and that any appointment must be undertaken with the understanding that an invoice for
your time will follow.

CSG Companies also engage in a strategy where by the “Land Liaison Officer” will be
someone who is charismatic and easy to like. This person will agree to almost anything and
will assure you it will be so. This is another reason to only engage through written
communication as this is then evidence when the next document sent does not include your
express wishes established in the previous interaction.

Signage
On every access to your property we recommend you place the “Tresspass” sign. This is a
legally defensible sign and provides clear instruction as to the way in which you and your
property are to be treated.

Be informed
Join reputable social media sites to gain information and an insight into experiences and
some idea you are not alone.
Stay in contact with other Members of your local group.
Go to meetings.
Ask for help if you need it, you are all part of a community and protecting it means looking
after each other.