AgForce is calling for more time for rural landholders to have their say on proposed new vegetation management laws after less than two weeks was allowed for written submissions to a Parliamentary inquiry.
With many farmers still trying to come to grips with what the changes mean for them and many parts of North Queensland cut off by heavy rain and floodwaters, AgForce has written to that committee appealing for an extension of the due date for written submissions.
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley says the proposed laws are now before that Parliamentary committee for examination and he encourages Queensland farmers to speak up about how they would be affected by the changes.
He says the Government is allowing less than two weeks for landholders to digest the proposed new laws and make written submissions and is yet to outline where and when regional hearings would be held.
“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.”
“The laws will also mean more red tape for farmers trying to feed their animals during drought.”
“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 so the committee can better understand the impact on farm production.”
“Landholders were given several months to have their say on similar vegetation management laws in 2016 that were ultimately rejected by the State Parliament, but now that Labor has a majority, the committee process has been cut short.”
Written submissions are due by 12pm Thursday 22 March 2018 with more information about the committee’s inquiry and how to make a submission available at: http://bit.ly/2IjmU0H