Bill will allow 'relief grazing' in national parks

A BILL to allow up to 25,000 heads of cattle to graze in Queensland national parks is to be introduced into Parliament today.

While a spat continues between the State and Federal governments on what to do about livestock starving in the midst of drought conditions, National Parks minister Steve Dickson has flagged a bill will introduce changes to the Nature Conservation Act so five parks could be opened up.

Mr Dickson told Parliament on Tuesday it was a move now supported by the RSPCA, even as the Federal Government remained opposed.

"The Federal Government needs to listen to some common sense and needs to do the right thing for the people of Queensland," he said.

"The Queensland Government will be introducing a bill into the house today to rectify this intolerable and horrible situation."

The changes will allow "relief grazing" on 440,000ha of land held in the Blackbraes, Forest Den, Mazeppa, Moorinya and Nairana national parks until the end of 2013.

Three of the National Parks are west of Central Queensland's Moranbah, the others are west of Townsville in the state's north.

The Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has been sought for comment.



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