Rally to veg­e­ta­tion meet­ing

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FAR North Queens­land farm­ers and in­dus­try lead­ers will step out to voice their con­cerns about the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws by hold­ing a rally in Cairns to­day.

Spear­headed by a peak or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing Queens­land’s ru­ral pro­duc­ers, Ag­force, lo­cal farm­ers will rally near Mem­ber for Bar­ron River Craig Craw­ford’s of­fice at Stan­ton Place on the Cap­tain Cook High­way, Smith­field from 10am.

The rally will co­in­cide with the fi­nal pub­lic hear­ing into the pro­posed laws, which will be held at the Pull­man Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns from noon.

Ag­Force North Queens­land Re­gional Pres­i­dent Rus­sell Leth­bridge said the State Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws would “make it harder and more ex­pen­sive for farm­ers to do their jobs and won’t de­liver the best en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes ei­ther”.

“Farm­ers just want fair and work­able laws to grow more food, cre­ate jobs and look af­ter their en­vi­ron­ment with­out be­ing stran­gled in red tape,” he said.

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