Veg laws hot topic for PRA

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - Cas­san­dra Glover Cas­san­dra.Glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

THE new veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws were un­der the spot­light at the 15th an­nual Prop­erty Rights Aus­tralia con­fer­ence in Charleville last weekend.

There were be­tween 50 and

60 peo­ple in at­ten­dance at this year’s con­fer­ence from all across Queens­land.

“They were cer­tainly very up­set about the veg­e­ta­tion laws and that was the hot topic of the con­fer­ence,” Joanne Rea, the chair­woman of Prop­erty Rights Aus­tralia, said.

“But I think the vibe was one of de­ter­mi­na­tion and peo­ple en­joyed catch­ing up with like-minded peo­ple.”

The key­note speaker at the event was Peter Spencer, Aus­tralia’s long­est serv­ing prop­erty rights war­rior.

He came to na­tional at­ten­tion in 2009 when he un­der­took a hunger strike up a wind pole that lasted

52 days. He spent more than a decade in court and on the day of the con­fer­ence found out his ap­peal wasn’t go­ing to be granted.

“He was ab­so­lutely pro­fes­sion­ally and de­liv­ered a won­der­ful ad­dress,” Ms Rea said.

“He’s a very pas­sion­ate speaker. The con­clu­sion he came to is that prop­erty rights are not se­cure in this coun­try.”

The group was also ad­dressed by Les­tar Man­ning from T&E Law on the topic Lessons from the Trenches.

“He told us about a case he had ac­tu­ally lost, it’s cur­rently on ap­peal, with one of the gas pipe­line com­pa­nies who it was claimed had not re­ha­bil­i­tated in ac­cor­dance to the agree­ment with the landowner,” Ms Rea said.

“They lost that case be­cause the court de­cided they had made an ef­fort and it didn’t need to be per­fect, but the landown­ers are ap­peal­ing that.”

Lo­cal Charleville gra­ziers Scott Sar­good and Dan McDon­ald spoke about the new veg­e­ta­tion laws and how they were af­fected.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

HOT TOPIC: The Prop­erty Rights Aus­tralia con­fer­ence ad­dressed Queens­land’s new veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment laws.

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