WE NEED to stabilise Queensland’s vegetation management framework. I am disappointed at the lack of government-industry consultation in the development of the proposed amendments.
It is essential that laws to manage native vegetation on Queensland agricultural properties strike a balance between environmental sustainability and agricultural production as farming underpins current and future jobs and economic security in regional areas.
Consultation with key industry stakeholders to analyse the potential effects of the amendments should be
essential to the introduction of new legislation, yet has not been the case.
Agricultural land holders, given the appropriate framework have proven they are best placed to make responsible decisions about the sustainable management of natural resources.
For our cane growers the key problem is the legislation will stifle the projects targeted at creating additional opportunities within our regions.
The way the State Government has committed itself will greatly impede environmentally sustainable agriculture.
Growers are meeting environmental compliance demands, particularly Great Barrier Reef regulation
obligations, under Smartcane BMP, the industry best management practice program.
Uncertainty surrounding vegetation management laws inhibits growers from planning to expand their business.
We need to stabilise Queensland’s vegetation management framework including provisions for High Value Agriculture and High Value Irrigated Agricultural land, self-assessable clearing codes, and provide incentives for proactive management.
— Kerry Latter, CEO Canegrowers Mackay