Gov­ern­ment told ‘half truths’ on land clear­ing

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

THE State Gov­ern­ment’s ad­mis­sion tree sur­vey data was flawed showed it was only in­ter­ested in telling “half the story” around land man­age­ment laws.

That’s the opin­ion of AgForce general pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley.

Rev­e­la­tions the State Gov­ern­ment can not ac­cu­rately mea­sure how much veg­e­ta­tion in Queens­land had re­grown af­ter be­ing cleared un­der­mined ar­gu­ments to move away from sen­si­ble and work­able land man­age­ment laws, he said.

“Farm­ers man­age veg­e­ta­tion on their land to grow food for peo­ple and an­i­mals to eat,” he said.

“The re­al­ity is only about 0.1% of woody veg­e­ta­tion cover is be­ing cleared an­nu­ally, and al­most two-thirds of that is to con­trol re­growth.

“Just as you must mow your lawn reg­u­larly or it over­grows, farm­ers man­age veg­e­ta­tion on their land to pre­vent thick­en­ing and to main­tain pas­ture to feed their cat­tle and sheep.

“AgForce has al­ways said we are will­ing to work through a science and ev­i­dence-based process.

“But the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment is more in­ter­ested in green pol­i­tics than de­vel­op­ing good poli­cies and get­ting the science right.”

PHOTO: FILE

MAN­AGE­MENT: AgForce has ac­cused the State Gov­ern­ment of only telling “half the story” on veg­e­ta­tion is­sues.

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