About us

What we do

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials are increasingly important for companies, guiding responsible business activities that meet stakeholder expectations.

Coexistence Queensland plays an important role in assisting industry and government in meeting the social and governance parts of ESG. We are responsible for improving the sustainable coexistence between landholders, regional communities, the resources industry and the renewable energy industry.

We are not a decision-maker nor do we investigate complaints, mediate, regulate or offer legal advice or counsel.

We pride ourselves in leading – we bring everyone together in the same room to work collaboratively, resolve issues and achieve balanced economic, environmental and socially responsible outcomes. This helps improve social licence by building and maintaining landholder and community buy-in ensuring development occurs in a socially responsible and sustainable way, with the interests of community at its core.


What is sustainable coexistence?

Sustainable coexistence signifies a balanced, empathetic, and forward-looking approach, where industry and community thrive together, valuing both people and the environment, while cultivating enduring relationships. It follows these principles:

  • Collaboration and cooperation
  • Shared benefit
  • Stewardship of natural resources
  • Fairness
  • Trust and resilience

Our work

Coexistence Queensland’s work is informed by our proactive ‘ear to the ground’ approach, enabling us to focus on activities that support coexistence. In 2023, we delivered a review of coal seam gas-induced subsidence.

We also played a leading role in addressing concerns related to access to public liability insurance for landholders that host rehabilitated or decommissioned gas infrastructure, which resulted in the Queensland Government publicly clarifying protections for landholders under current regulations.

Over 2024, Coexistence Queensland will:

  • expand our flagship publications Shared Landscapes and The Gas Guide and Roadmap;
  • provide feedback to government and non-government entities policy positions through submissions; and
  • extend our partnership with community groups, peak bodies, and research organisations to provide additional information that helps landholders and regional communities increase their knowledge and understanding of the energy and resources industries in Queensland.

Our history

Coexistence Queensland was established as the GasFields Commission Queensland on 1 July 2013 to help facilitate and address how landholders, communities, and the onshore gas industry could sustainably work and thrive together.

For over a decade, we worked to bridge coexistence challenges between the onshore gas industry, landholders and communities. We learnt many lessons along the way and developed experience which remains relevant today.

In 2024, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation and rebranded us as Coexistence Queensland with an expanded remit of addressing Queensland’s diverse energy and resources landscape and the emerging challenges and opportunities facing rural and regional communities.

Given the energy and resources industry’s growth, our expanded remit is fitting as it will address coexistence matters across Queensland more broadly.



“Coexistence is not just about modern-day extraction and production, it calls us to practice shared stewardship of our ancient precious lands, winds, and waters where the benefits of socially and culturally-aware industries are accessible to, and enjoyed by all – Traditional Owners, landholders, local businesses, and the broader community.”
Coexistence Queensland Chair, John Anderson

Our people


He is a life member of the National Association of Apex Clubs of Australia and is proud to serve as the Commission’s first community representative Commissioner.

As an engagement specialist, facilitator and advocate, John has brokered and supported critical partnerships between governments, industries and communities, and within native title and cultural heritage agreements across the Surat and Bowen Basins, vocational and tertiary education, employment and training, and health consumer engagement.

He served a near 30-year career with Queensland Government in Barcaldine, Toowoomba, and south-east Queensland across multiple agencies including environment and heritage, rail and ports, main roads and transport.

Since 2007, John has maintained his successful First Peoples consulting and training company providing business and community engagement and economic development services across regional and remote Queensland.

His current roles include Deputy Chair of the Queensland Building and Construction Board, Board Director of Health Consumers Queensland, Community Reference Committee Member of Urban Utilities, and community member appointed to the Crime Reference Committee of the Crime and Corruption Commission.

During her time at Energex, Rebecca worked on the development of renewable energy regulation and market mechanisms to facilitate investment in the energy transition. At Origin Energy, she worked on the regulatory framework for the coal seam gas industry, ran gasfield operations and led the environment, community and land access development phases for the first 1,000 wells of the Australia Pacific LNG project.

Rebecca was appointed as a commissioner with the GasFields Commissioner Queensland in 2019, bringing her experience at the industry’s community and landowner interface from her major project roles. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Deputy Chair of Coexistence Queensland.

As a commissioner with the GasFields Commission Queensland since 2019, she ensured the responsible development of gas resources in Queensland, advocating for best practices and sustainable solutions that benefit stakeholders.

She is a past Federal President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA), and is a member of the Risk and Audit committee for Coexistence Queensland.

Rachele brings a proven track record of strategic leadership, stakeholder engagement and delivery in diverse operating environments, cultural settings and complex projects.

She was most recently the General Manager, Government and Corporate Relations at Rural Aid. Previously she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sugar Milling Council. Prior to joining the Council, she led Shell Australia’s East Coast Government and Corporate Affairs team that provided corporate affairs and social performance support across multiple business lines.

Having lived and grown up on the Darling Downs, she genuinely appreciates the land, people, and small communities that are the backbone of rural life.

Jane has had an extensive working history in stakeholder engagement, project management, and business development, with an outstanding performance in her role as a mediator.

She was instrumental in coordinating approvals for major resource projects and is now supporting a coordinated approach to early engagement for the construction of substations and transmission lines with a focus on collaboration with landholders, communities and the energy and resources industries. Throughout her career, Jane has developed a thorough understanding of the regulatory environment of Queensland’s resources sector.

Chief Executive Officer

Warwick currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Coexistence Queensland, a role in which he leads and works collaboratively with landholders, communities, agricultural, energy and resource companies, peak bodies, and all levels of government to achieve positive coexistence outcomes.

His authentic leadership ensures team engagement and an aligned focus within teams and departments, driving change and delivering innovative projects in complex environments. Warwick has built a reputation for taking on challenging roles and leading teams to deliver exceptional results.

Our organisation


Our purpose is to manage and improve the sustainable coexistence of Queensland landholders, rural and regional communities, and the energy and resources industries.


Our vision is to be the trusted leader and facilitator of sustainable coexistence between landholders, regional communities and the energy and resources industries.

Annual Reports

Our annual reports outline the activities and achievements of Coexistence Queensland (and GasFields Commission Queensland) over financial years.

Right to Information

Coexistence Queensland complies with the requirements as defined under Queensland legislation, which include the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP).

You can make an application or contact the RTI and IP agency contacts for more details.

Documents released under the RTI Act after May 2023 are published here.

Gifts and benefits

Coexistence Queensland publishes the gifts and benefits register each quarter in line with the Right to Information Act 2009.

All gifts or benefits that are received or given (and have a value of more than $150) are recorded here.

Declarations of Interests

The Coexistence Queensland Board is committed to supporting transparency, accountability, and integrity to protect the public interest. View the declarations of interests register here.