Property turned into National Park
A CATTLE property near Maryborough is at the centre of an investigation amid concerns it may have been turned into a national park more than a decade ago.
A Beattie Government blunder has caused untold stress and anguish for the Lohse family, which has held a grazing lease at a property since 1916.
The ABC reported that the Government converted state forests and timber reserves to national parks in the early 2000s so last year’s changes to grazing laws meant up to 83 leaseholds were affected and that one of the Lohse family leaseholds would expire in 2024.
Using Freedom of Information laws, Sharon Lohse has obtained documents showing a proper assessment of her family’s leasehold was not carried out before it was turned into a national park.
Environment Minister Steven Miles ordered a reassessment of the property.
“It’s a shame it has had to come to this ... I have instructed for that in-field assessment to occur,” he said.
He said it should be done independently of the National Parks Service.
Mr Miles blamed the previous government.
“The previous government in 2014 was advised that their (Lohse family) property was probably misclassified as a national park and that there should have been more detail in field surveys,” he said.
Ms Lohse commended Mr Miles for the change of heart but also held the current government responsible for extending their anguish.
She said it would be impossible to compensate her family for the stress and anguish suffered.
“What is there for the landholders that have already exited who have already lost their leases? “How is the government going to compensate them?”