Land use to grow agri­cul­ture

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

FAIR and bal­anced land use laws must be main­tained for Queens­land’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor to grow to its full po­ten­tial and to cre­ate more jobs in our re­gions, Ag­Force has said. Ag­Force pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley made the com­ments on the one-year an­niver­sary of the his­toric vote in the Queens­land Par­lia­ment to reject the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s flawed veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws.

“Farm­ers man­age veg­e­ta­tion on our land to pro­duce food and fi­bre, and we need bal­anced and sen­si­ble veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws so we can keep pro­duc­ing food and fi­bre,” he said.

“The re­al­ity is farm­ers are the true en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists who love and care for their land and know how to man­age it re­spon­si­bly, so why make a dif­fi­cult job even harder?”

Mr Maud­s­ley said the Statewide Land­cover and Tree Study revealed that only about 0.1% of the state’s veg­e­ta­tion was cleared each year and about two-thirds of that was to con­trol re­growth.

PHOTO: FILE

A LOVE OF THE LAND: Ag­Force says farm­ers are true en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists.

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