Miles says com­pli­ant grow­ers need not fret

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

THE NEW com­pli­ance pro­gram fo­cus­ing on farm fer­tilis­ers and pes­ti­cides will not tar­get pro­duc­ers who are al­ready do­ing the right thing, ac­cord­ing to Queens­land’s Min­is­ter for the Great Bar­rier Reef, Dr Steven Miles.

Dr Miles said the pro­gram would be highly tar­geted, fo­cus­ing on fer­tiliser and pes­ti­cides, in catch­ments and crit­i­cal sub-catch­ments where sci­ence shows there is a prob­lem with farm chem­i­cals run­ning off to the Reef.

“Our fo­cus will be out­reach and ed­u­ca­tion.

“En­force­ment ac­tiv­ity will only be un­der­taken where a grower re­fuses to work with us to ad­dress con­cerns that might be iden­ti­fied,” he said.

“Grow­ers or gra­ziers who have an ac­cred­ited Smart­cane BMP or Graz­ing BMP are un­likely to re­ceive any at­ten­tion from our En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cers.”

Dr Miles was re­spond­ing to cane grow­ers’ con­cerns that the new reg­u­la­tions would tie them up in red tape.

He said the gov­ern­ment ap­plauded the many sug­ar­cane pro­duc­ers and gra­ziers who were man­ag­ing their prop­er­ties sus­tain­ably, and who had adopted the best avail­able man­age­ment tech­niques. But he said there were oth­ers who could do bet­ter.

Dr Miles en­cour­aged all sugar cane farm­ers and gra­ziers to join and com­plete their ac­cred­i­ta­tion in industry Smart­cane BMP pro­grams as this would en­sure they also com­plied with the reef reg­u­la­tions.

Queens­land MP Steven Miles

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