State’s ag status put at risk
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.