AgForce’s growing concern
THE “unsettled science” around the amount of vegetation growing in Queensland compared to how much is being cleared has led to new calls from AgForce for the State Government to rethink its proposed new land clearing laws.
AgForce general president Grant Maudsley said the Palaszczuk government was pushing ahead with harsh new vegetation management re- strictions despite admitting they had only examined clearing rates not regrowth rates.
Following a protest rally and public hearing in Cairns last Friday, the proposed new laws have been sent to the Natural Resources and Agricultural Committee.
A report will be sent back to parliament on April 23.
“Farmers love and care for their land and need to manage vegetation and regrowth on their properties to sustainably produce the great food and fibre consumers demand,” Mr Maudsley said.
He said AgForce was requesting an independent review of the scientific data around vegetation management, including determining what knowledge gaps existed in the research.
“We’re all in this together,” he said.
“Let’s find a long-lasting solution that delivers good outcomes for the environment and agriculture without strangling farmers in red tape.”
TAKING STAND: Peter Inderbitzin, Peter Spies, Tom Spies, Nicole Tobin and Gerry Vallianos joined about 50 land owners and their families in a protest against the proposed new laws in front of Craig Crawford's office at Smithfield.