DESPITE the crippling drought and huge financial pressures on farming communities, the Palaszczuk Labor government made it clear it is pushing on with its plans to change the LNP’s amendments to the Vegetation Management framework potentially de-valuing people’s properties even further.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said Labor voted against an LNP motion that compelled the government to not make any changes to Queensland’s vegetation management framework, particularly at a time when banks and financial institutions are seeking certainty.
“The LNP understands the agriculture industry is under severe social and economic pressures due to the drought,” Mr Springborg said.
“At a time when farmers and graziers need to be able to sustainably manage the vegetation on their properties to help get them through this tough period, Labor is making it harder for them.
“Instead of supporting droughtaffected communities, the Palaszczuk government has turned its back on farmers and graziers to put the interests of the extreme greens first and introduce a heavier bureaucratic and regulatory burden on an industry already doing it tough,” Mr Springborg said.
“The vegetation management framework gives our landholders security at a time where there is so much uncertainty, particularly over when rain will finally fall.”