Rural property owners can 'co-exist with industry'
Rural property owners may be able to better co-exist with other sectors after a report on the subject from the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).
The report was developed after a study into the impact of new industries on agricultural landholders and their communities.
It outlines best practice for co-existence and offers a checklist for farmers to accommodate outside business on rural real estate.
As defined by the study, new industries that farmers can work alongside can include energy generation and transmission, or environmental sectors like biodiversity offsets and greenhouse gas sequestration.
The managing director of RIRDC, Craig Burns, said there was an increasing need for co-existence between agricultural landowners and other sectors.
"To date there's been a limited number of guidelines available to landholders to assist in negotiating the conditions of a co-existence agreement," Mr Burns said.
"This report will go some way towards providing a better defined process and hopefully with better outcomes for the parties involved."
If there are resources on a rural property that are of interest to an outside party from coal seam gas, mining, energy generation or greenhouse gas storage sectors, the landowner may be interested in further investigating the suggestions for best practice.