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Michael protects his serenity

FOR now, his serenity has been protected.

Michael Baker fought not just the Queensland Govnernment but delivering a thorn into the side of a 500km pipeline worth more than $20 billion.

And in the Supreme Court on Friday, Mr Baker was vindicated.

His property in Eidsvold, which sits almost exactly halfway from the pipeline's route from Chinchilla to Gladstone, faced having gas giant QGC and the government using a swathe of his land when he refused to settle on a deal for access.

This allowed the government to use "Part 5 permission" - forcing access and potentially opening the door for land resumptions.

In court, the decision by former mines minister Stirling Hinchliffe in February was ruled "void", forcing QGC and the government to restart the processing of using Mr Baker's land.

Mr Baker's legal team described it as a "David versus Goliath" victory, but QGC were quick to announce it would lodge a new application immediately.

A spokesman for the company said only when an impasse with Mr Baker could not be handled after 18 months of negotiation did QGC use the Part 5 permission.

"Of all the 120 other private landholders covering nearly 99% of the 540km pipeline route, Mr Baker is the only landholder with whom QGC has not agreed access," he said.

The spokesman said he expected no delay to the project, expect to employ 1000 during construction.

The Queensland Government did not respond to questions before deadline on Friday.


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