More than two-thirds of the growth in the Australian population in 2010-11 – an extra 224,400 people – occurred in the outer suburbs of our capital cities, creating challenges for planning, infrastructure and business.
Issues around urban sprawl, the loss of agricultural land and the social and economic impacts of massive new housing projects being built in rural areas are being felt on the fringes of most Australian capital cities.
The Australian pipeline industry is not immune. Yet, being out-of-sight we are often out-of-mind. Such as when, in 2010, a State Government planned to launch a 30-year plan for the State, and its capital city, which barely referenced the existence of pipelines.
In response to these issues APGA created the Pipeline Corridor Committee, which includes regulators as well as APGA members and the Secretariat.
The Committee has established a common industry position and preferred model for new developments near gas transmission pipeline corridors – and APGA continues to engage with State and Territory planning authorities to ensure our industry is recognised as a relevant stakeholder as early as possible in the planning process.
We are also preparing State-based guidelines for planners and developers looking to build near pipeline easements, and working with the Dial Before You Dig campaign to extend the reach of our safety message.
Protection of pipeline corridors impacts widely on our industry – from the need to protect our people, the public and our pipelines, to who funds the costs of changes in pipeline design and protection measures needed to meet the increased risk associated with unforeseeable land use changes.
Securing nationally consistent treatment of gas transmission pipeline corridors is a long and unfinished journey. Through the work of the APGA Pipeline Corridor Committee and the wider APGA group, however, we are making sure that pipelines are no longer just an afterthought in the land use planning process.
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 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2010-11, released 30 March 2012.