State’s ag sta­tus put at risk

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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Th­ese will put more restric­tions on how farm­ers man­age their land.

NEW veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws threaten Queens­land’s sta­tus as the num­ber one agri­cul­tural state in the coun­try by mak­ing it harder and more ex­pen­sive for farm­ers to grow food, Ag­Force said this week.

Ag­Force gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley said Queens­land pro­duced al­most a quar­ter of Aus­tralia’s food and fi­bre and edged ahead of New South Wales and Vic­to­ria in the Agri­cul­tural Cen­sus last year, but the pro­posed new laws put our in­dus­try’s fu­ture pros­per­ity at risk.

“Th­ese laws will put more restric­tions on how farm­ers man­age their land to pro­duce food, shut down new agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment and lead to per­verse en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes that could dam­age rather than im­prove re­gional land­scapes,” he said.

Mr Maud­s­ley said the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment was now forc­ing farm­ers to lodge de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions for routine prac­tices like man­ag­ing thick­ened veg­e­ta­tion and was also in­tro­duc­ing new $3130 fees.

Far North Queens­lan­ders are urged to join with farm­ers in a rally out­side the of­fice of Bar­ron River MP Craig Craw­ford at 10am to­day (Friday, April 13) ahead of the fi­nal hear­ing into the pro­posed laws at the Pull­man Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns.

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