CONTROVERSIAL mining methods such as fracking are unlikely to occur in the Western District, the state’s peak farming group has claimed.
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Tighter property laws and the lack of suitable mining grounds have been identified as reasons behind the lack of fracking, also known as coal seam gas mining (CSG), in the south-west.

Victorian Farmers Fed-eration (VFF) land management committee chairman Gerald Leach said most of the region’s underground coal reserves contained too much moisture for CSG mining to be conducted effectively.

He said property regulations in Queensland and New South Wales were less balanced than those already in place for Victorian landholders.

“That’s not to say we have the most favourable property rights in Australia,” Mr Leach said.

“Western Australia is a better model than Victoria but we are in a stronger position than Queensland or New South Wales when it comes to farmers being able to have a say over the future of their land.”

Mr Leach said the moisture content of most coal reserves in Victoria were unsuitable for CSG mining as drier terrain was needed in order to extract the minerals properly.

He said it was important farmers were aware of their rights as property owners and should contact the VFF for further information on mining and other development.

Environmentalist groups including the Lock the Gate campaign conducted information seminars in the south-west last year. No CSG development has been conducted in the south-west as of February 2012.

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