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Organic property in Queensland outback, Plevna Downs, coexists with gas exploration



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Stuart Mackenzie vividly remembers his household’s property being inspected to realize its natural standing again in 1996.

The 100,000-hectare property, 90 kilometres west of Eromanga in Queensland’s far west, was one of many first within the outback to take action. 

“I keep in mind the primary inspector discovered the entire thing fairly confronting really,” Mr Mackenzie recalled.

“Earlier than that, it was actually little farms down on the coast that had been doing a little natural.

“It was a giant studying curve for everybody.”

On the time, the property had additionally been concerned in fuel exploration and fracking for nearly 30 years, with its first properly inbuilt 1967.

A man looks at the camera smiling, wearing a grey hat. He stands in front of trees and a small lake
Eromanga woolgrower Stuart Mackenzie says his natural standing just isn’t impacted by fuel exploration on his property.(ABC Rural: Maddelin McCosker)

Extra dangers with fuel exploration 

Whereas folks might be forgiven for considering the 2 weren’t suitable to function on the identical property, natural certifier NASAA Licensed Natural (NCO) mentioned it was extra widespread than most individuals thought.