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PRO­DUC­ERS, gra­ziers and busi­ness own­ers from across the south­west gath­ered out­side the Charleville town hall last Thurs­day, to protest La­bor’s newly im­ple­mented Veg­e­ta­tion Amend­ment Bill.

More than 400 peo­ple lined Wills St in a show of strength, as the state devel­op­ment com­mit­tee ar­rived for the last veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment hear­ing.

The new laws, which re­strict landown­ers’ ju­ris­dic­tion over fo­liage, have been la­belled as dra­co­nian and dis­as­trous.

IN THE lead-up to the veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment hear­ing, at­ten­dees from across the south­west united for the veg­e­ta­tion rally, stand­ing to­gether in a vis­ual dis­play of strength.

The crowd lined Wills St, Charleville, at noon, await­ing the ar­rival of the State Devel­op­ment, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Agri­cul­tural In­dus­tries Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, which was trav­el­ling into town from the Lon­greach hear­ing ear­lier that morn­ing.

The crowd held hand-writ­ten plac­ards and ban­ners as the Ag­Force chief ex­ec­u­tive, LNP mem­bers and lo­cal gra­ziers gave speeches about the unity of small towns in the face of re­stric­tions.

“I’ve been on the road this week and the turnout from the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and the mes­sage we are send­ing this gov­ern­ment has been pow­er­ful,” Ag­Force chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Guerin told the crowd.

“Peo­ple have driven for miles to these to have their voices heard and I think this may be the big­gest crowd of all.

“The laws that were in­tro­duced days ago have had no in­volve­ment or con­sul­ta­tion from Ag­Force or the in­dus­try and they are set­ting out to de­stroy (it in Queens­land.)”


IT’S A SIGN: Ros­alita Cal­cino, from Joy­lands in Charleville, sends a clear mes­sage dur­ing the rally.


SHOW OF STRENGTH: Hun­dreds lined Wills St with ban­ners and signs dur­ing the rally on Thurs­day.

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