Queensland agriculture calls for vegetation management laws to be rejected

Combined statement from AgForce, CANEGROWERS, Cotton Australia, Growcom, Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation and Queensland Farmers’ Federation.

Today a unified Queensland agriculture sector has come together urging the State Government to reconsider its agenda to introduce unbalanced vegetation management laws that will hurt the state’s farmers.

Following presentations to the parliamentary committee, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation alongside members CANEGROWERS, Cotton Australia, Growcom and Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation; as well as AgForce stood united in calling for the unbalanced vegetation management laws to be rejected.

While our individual industries have varied reasons for opposing the laws, we all agree that the agriculture sector as a whole will be worse off under the proposed changes. Farmers will not sit back and watch as the current and future agricultural development in Queensland is strangled.

By scrapping sensible and considered clearing provisions for high value agriculture the State Government is effectively shutting down agriculture reliant rural and regional Queensland communities.

Farmers, regional communities and the environment deserve stable, workable vegetation management laws. The proposed changes do not deliver this.

The committee must listen to and consider the positions of those living in rural and regional Queensland. A failure to properly do this will only fuel the already politicised city-country divide.

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