Gra­ziers ea­ger to voice con­cerns about mulga

Western Times - - NEWS - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@ west­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

BE­HIND THE BILLBOARD: Scott Sar­good is ad­vo­cat­ing against veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment re­stric­tions in the mulga lands.

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