Spot­light on veg­e­ta­tion laws

Prop­erty Rights Aus­tralia ac­tion group comes to town

Western Times - - NEWS - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: TRI­CIA AGAR

STAND­ING HIS GROUND: Key­note speaker Peter Spencer gives a spir­ited ad­dress re­gard­ing the loss of prop­erty rights in Aus­tralia.

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