Tight time frame for farmers to speak up
WITH only a few days left to provide written submissions to a Parliamentary inquiry on proposed new vegetation management laws, rural landholders across Queensland are being urged to have their say.
AgForce general president Grant Maudsley said the proposed laws had been referred to a Parliamentary committee for examination and he encouraged Queensland farmers to speak up about how they would be personally affected by the changes.
"These proposed new vegetation management laws will make it harder for farmers to grow food, shut down new agricultural development opportunities and lead to perverse environmental outcomes that could damage rather than improve regional landscapes,” he said.
"The laws will also mean more red tape for farmers trying to feed their animals during drought.
"Queensland farmers care about their land and have been growing safe, healthy, affordable food for generations, so you have to wonder why the Palaszczuk government wants to make farmers' jobs more difficult.
"With the laws now being considered by the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee, it's important as many individuals as possible explain how the laws affect them personally so the committee can better understand the impact on farm production.”
Mr Maudsley said the Palaszczuk government was allowing less than two weeks for landholders to digest the proposed new laws and make written submissions and was yet to outline where and when regional hearings would be held.
Written submissions are due by noon Thursday, March 22, with more information about the inquiry and how to make a submission available at: http://bit.ly/2IjmU0H.