CCSG engagement 

Centre researchers undertake a wide range of engagement activities to gather information for research projects, share research findings and contribute to public discussion. This includes conducting public workshops, meeting with stakeholder groups, undertaking surveys, and presenting at a variety of academic and industry conferences. Some of the Centre’s recent activities are listed below:

Recent engagement events

  • A/Prof Rifkin, Dr Kathy Witt, Lisa Kelly and Helen Schultz attended a Connecting the dots research forum in Toowoomba (15/6/2016). This event engaged community stakeholders by reviewing current social science research in regional Queensland and suggested future directions.

  • Prof Jim Underschultz and Helen Schultz attended the Water research network meeting in Toowoomba (23/5/2016).

  • A/Prof Rifkin presented to the South Australian Natural Resources Standing Parliamentary Committee (15/4/2016).

  • The Centre Director and Prof Underschultz met with (Gasfields Commission Queensland) Commissioner Hayllor to discuss the Centre’s research program, particularly in relation to groundwater.

  • The Gasfields Social Scientists Group meeting was held on December 7th 2015, prior to the Centre’s Research Review.

  • The Centre and GISERA delivered a joint Queensland Parliamentary Briefing on November 12th 2015. Approximately 100 people attended, including at least 15 parliamentarians. The Centre Director has engaged with the Chief Scientist to offer gas field ‘lunch and learn’ sessions for parliamentarians, staff or civil servants.

  • The Water Research Network was held on 29 October 2015 and included presentations from two CSIRO research groups regarding two water treatment technologies - Virtual Curtain and forward osmosis. This meeting attracted a good mix of researchers, industry and government representatives and consultants.

  • Reception and NSW Preview of the UQ Boomtown Toolkit, ATSE Conference Sydney (22 Sept). UQ CCSG sponsored a reception attended by 50 ATSE conference delegates. The reception featured a launch/preview for NSW of our online UQ Boomtown Toolkit ©. An overview of the Cumulative Impacts project was provided along with an explanation of what the toolkit's tools could be used for.

  • Quest - Eastern Australia's Energy Market Outlook, Sydney (18 Sept). A/Prof Rifkin served on a panel introduced with a talk by John Cotter of the GasFields Commission and populated by John, the Mayor of Narrabri - Conrad Bolton, and the mayor of Gloucester - John Rosenbaum. All emphasised the importance of early and ongoing community consultation by the industry. UQ's indicators data was shared with the audience.

  • The Centre Director and A/Prof Rifkin had interviews with the members of the South Australian Legislative Council in Roma regarding their ongoing investigation into impacts of onshore gas development. 

  • The Interactions of CSG development with agriculture research team coordinated a research forum in Roma on 26 August 2015. Approximately 70 people attended the event - landholders, government representatives, GasFields Commission staff and industry representatives. Presentations were delivered in respect of 3 CCSG projects (agriculture, water chemistry atlas and estimation of groundwater uses); GISERA agriculture research; and AgForce CSG projects. Landholder participants provided positive feedback regarding the event. Several landholders expressed interest in participating in the groundwater flow metering field study for the estimation of groundwater uses project.

  • The GasFields Social Scientists met on August 5th 2015, with researchers from the Wesley-St Andrew Research Institute providing an overview of their research into improving the health and well-being of communities in Surat Basin and Gladstone. Another meeting was held on October 7th 2015, which featured a skype presentation from Jeffrey Jacquet, South Dakota State University, discussing social impacts of shale gas development. 

  • The Centre Director made a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Unconventional Gas on August 3rd 2015.