In what’s proving to be ‘news’ to residents and farmers in Our Towns, Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham says farmers and townships have nothing to fear from the State Government’s new vegetation management laws.
The Minister says the government was working hard to ensure farmers could get on with their day-to-day business and still meet their obligations under the new laws.
He says every region of Queensland had local vegetation officers on staff who hit the roads and talk to landholders about how the laws relate to their specific situation.
“Good farmers can still be good farmers. Landholders can still maintain their land. They can still clear fodder trees to feed their stock, for firebreaks and along fence lines.”
“We are meeting our election commitment to retain the accepted development codes that allow landholders to maintain their land.”
The on the ground feedback from locals is telling a different story with reports of business down turns and overall anger within ag. communities.
Minister Lynham says any landholder who remained unsure about how the vegetation management laws applied to their property could call 135 VEG.
“The ‘Veg Hub’ call centre staff have been working from Charleville since December last year, providing phone advice to up to 180 landholders each week.”
“In the rare occasions that unlawful clearing happens, departmental officers focus first on early intervention and providing advice to landholders about what is possible on that property.”
“I’d encourage any small business operator to visit the Queensland Government’s small business website to see what assistance may be available to grow their business.”