Miles says compliant growers need not fret
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