Spotlight on vegetation laws
Property Rights Australia action group comes to town
THE new vegetation management laws and their implications for the future of agriculture in Queensland was the hot topic at the 15th annual Property Rights Australia conference in Charleville at the weekend.
About 60 people gathered for the event at the Charleville RSL and Property Rights Australia chairwoman Joanne Rea said she was pleased with how it went.
“We had a variety of speakers on a variety of different topics and people seemed to enjoy it,” Ms Rea said.
The keynote speaker was Peter Spencer, one of the longest-serving Property Rights Australia warriors who, after a 52-day hunger strike on a wind tower, challenged the Federal Government in the High Court. Mr Spencer came to national attention when he undertook the hunger strike in 2009 and has spent more than a decade in court.
Other speakers at the conference included Lester Manning from P&E Law, who gave an insight into lessons from the trenches and updated guests on a recent case.
“Lester Manning informed us about a case that was currently under appeal where a gas pipeline company had rehabilitated the land in a way the landowners said failed to live up to the expectations of the agreement,” Ms Rea said.
Tom Marland brought attendees up to speed on the new vegetation management laws, followed by a question and answer session for participants to hone in on aspects specific to their bioregion.
Local graziers Scott Sargood and Dan McDonald were also guest speakers and talked about the new and old vegetation laws, as well as Mr Sargood’s billboard on the mulga lands.
STANDING HIS GROUND: Keynote speaker Peter Spencer gives a spirited address regarding the loss of property rights in Australia.