The Callide Infrastructure Corridor SDA was designed primarily for pipelines to transport coal seam gas to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants on Curtis Island, which lies within the Gladstone SDA.

The corridor currently contains three active coal seam gas pipelines.

The coordination and declaration of the SDA provided may benefits in regards to the establishment of the pipelines including:

  • providing greater certainty about approval processes
  • ensuring the land was safeguarded from inappropriate uses
  • coordination with the private landholders including consultation to determine the preferred corridor alignment and negotiation of an easement
  • the acquisition of an easement through the privately owned land and provision of a license to the LNG proponents for the construction and operation of the pipelines
  • minimisation of impacts to landholders and the environment through efficient use of land.

David Johnson, Origin

‘Without the coordination and development of a common corridor facilitated by the Coordinator-General's team, it would have been left to gas proponents to individually negotiate easements with respective landholders. This would have caused considerable and unnecessary stress on individual landholders.

‘The certainty of access for construction within the SDA also meant that construction methods, materials and design could be managed more effectively in a common corridor, with less impact on landholders.’

David Johnson, Origin