Prop­erty turned into Na­tional Park

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE | FENCE POST -

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?”

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