A group of Queensland farmers have now formed QLD Food Future in an effort to bring the attention of South East Queensland communities to the devastating impacts the State Governments’ proposed vegetation management laws are going to have on production and on the environment.
They have produced an on-line A/V aimed at educating South East Queensland to the negative impacts the proposed laws will have.
They’re calling on all Queenslanders to share the link and to support farmers by encouraging politicians to vote against the proposed laws when they go before Parliament on May 1.
Member for Warrego Ann Leahy is calling for more signatures to her Parliamentary petition against the introduction of the laws and regulations.
The petition is available through her electoral office or on line:
AgForce is planning a rally outside Parliament House next Tuesday 1 May ahead of the next sitting of State Parliament.
President Grant Maudsley says it’s time everyone remembers that if farmers can’t feed their families, they can’t feed yours and he’s calling for wide spread support for the rally.
Opposition leader Deb Frecklington says the committee’s report is a farce.
“Every landholder in Queensland was telling the Palaszczuk government to apply common sense and common decency. Instead the government is pushing ahead with no substantive changes to the legislation when it is clear these laws do not work.”
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and industry members have condemned the Parliamentary committee recommendation that poor and unbalanced vegetation management legislation should be enacted into law without changes.
“The fact that the Committee has not opposed removing the already heavily regulated clearing provisions for irrigated high-value agriculture, when all the evidence shows that this is small-scale, responsible clearing that also delivers better environmental outcomes, indicates that this process has been little more than a partisan rubber stamp.”
Mr Armitage says that with the Committee failing to properly consider the impact these changes will have on farmers, regional communities or the environment, an independent forum must now be established to properly work through this vexed issue.