A landholder performs a vegetation assessment of his property.
A landholder performs a vegetation assessment of his property. Contributed

Petition to fight Qld vegetation management laws

LANDHOLDERS in the Gympie region have been urged to sign a new petition launched on Saturday opposing new vegetation management laws that take away farmers' property rights and jeopardise jobs in regional Queensland.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the petition enabled Queenslanders concerned about the impact of the new laws to send a message to the Palaszczuk Government.

"These outrageous changes to the Vegetation Management Framework are completely unacceptable," Mr Maudsley said.

"The laws will restrict supply and drive up food prices, stifle development and cost jobs, and mean farmers are guilty until they prove their innocence.

"Farmers work hard to ensure they manage their land sustainably and they need security and certainty for investment.

Mr Maudsley said the laws would take away that certainty and economic security.

"I would encourage all Queenslanders concerned about regional jobs and the price of food to show their support for Queensland farmers and landholders whose livelihoods will be affected by the Palaszczuk Government's disastrous new laws," he said. 

Mr Maudsley said the petition was launched by Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Andrew Cripps in Townsville today and hard copies would be circulated across Queensland.

"The petition requests the Queensland Parliament not to support the new vegetation management legislation in its current form and to reject amendments that would water down existing property rights and remove opportunities for sustainable agricultural production," he said.

A copy of the e-petition can be found at the Queensland Parliament e-petitions log

The petition closes on Friday 12 August 2016.