Local graziers will have the opportunity to voice their concerns on the State Government’s reinstated Vegetation Management Legislation when the Agriculture and Environment Committee makes a visit to Charleville this morning.
The Bill, introduced on March 17 2016 by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, was referred to the Agriculture and Environment Committee following a lengthy Parliament sitting .
Member for Warrego, Ann Leahy, is urging all those concerned to attend the Committee’s public hearing to make sure their voices are heard.
“Already the Bill has generated hundreds of submissions from across the State, including from people and organisation across South West Queensland,” she says.
“The Vegetation Management Laws are aggressive reforms set to cripple agriculture in South West Queensland and they could not come at a worse time with many landholders experiencing prolonged drought conditions.”
More than 680 submissions have been received from across the state so far; but the consultations are an opportunity for a more interactive conversation.
Submissions are available for public viewing at the Queensland Parliament website.
The Deputy Premier has previously stated that past tree-clearing rates in Queensland were unacceptable.
“The former LNP government inherited sound, effective vegetation management laws and gutted them,” said Minister Trad.
“The Palaszczuk Government promised to restore Queensland’s nation-leading vegetation management laws. This Bill delivers on that promise.”
The public hearing will be held in Charleville on the 2nd June at the RSL from 11am – 1pm and then in Roma from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.
The committee must provide its report to the House by 30 June 2016.