Graziers eager to voice concerns about mulga
CHARLEVILLE will be among five regional centres visited this week by the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industries Development Committee for locals to voice their concerns about the Vegetation Management Amendment Bill.
The public hearings will begin in Rockhampton and Townsville today before going onto Cloncurry tomorrow, Longreach and Charleville on Thursday and finishing at Cairns on April 13.
The hearing for Brisbane took place on Friday, a day after written submissions closed.
The hearing in Charleville will run at the Town Hall on Thursday afternoon from 1–3pm.
Charleville beef producers Scott and Adma Sargood said it was essential landowners attended the meeting and also took part in the rally at 10.30am.
“If the legislation goes through, the people in the mulga lands will be forced to reduce their breeding herds due to the fact of the over-thickening and no insurance policy for a drought,” Mr Sargood said.
“The rules they want to implement are not financially viable and will destroy native wildlife and ecosystems.”
Mr Sargood said he would ask whether mulga lands were being “deliberately over-regulated to make carbon farming look attractive” at the Charleville hearing.
AgForce Queensland highlighted the detrimental effect of the laws.
AgForce general president Grant Maudsley said the public hearing schedule for the parliamentary committee examining the laws was an “absolute joke” with five hearings jammed into just three days.
“These laws are the worst of both worlds,” Mr Maudsley said.
“The Palaszczuk Government will make it harder for farmers to grow food and they won’t deliver the best environmental outcomes either,.
“The Palaszczuk Government seems to have no idea how the laws would work on the ground, and are providing very little practical information to farmers and regional departmental staff to understand what is being proposed.”
Mr Maudsley said the laws would mean more red tape for farmers trying to feed their animals during drought and would make it more difficult for them to ensure the right balance of trees and grass on their properties.
BEHIND THE BILLBOARD: Scott Sargood is advocating against vegetation management restrictions in the mulga lands.