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Farmers rally in Rocky to protest again land clearing laws

Mark Collins at a protest held Kershaw Gardens by farmers across the Central Queensland region in response to State Government vegetation clearing laws. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Mark Collins at a protest held Kershaw Gardens by farmers across the Central Queensland region in response to State Government vegetation clearing laws. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Farmers flocked to Rockhampton from Theodore, Morinish and Clarke Creek to join in protest against the proposed labor vegetation management laws.

If the proposed laws are introduced it will be detrimental to local agriculture with farmers not being able to clear land on their properties which means loss of money as well as loss of production.

Mr Collins said agriculture in Queensland had the potential to grow from $17 billion to $30 billion which could not occur unless the proposed laws were scrapped completely.

"These (laws) are going to affect our businesses in a terrible way, it's no good that the current state government is demonising us farmers in this way," he said.

"Just recently there's been some news that the reverse onus of proof is going to be scraped from these laws.

"Now we won't accept tinkering around the edges, these laws need to be completely scrapped."

The Agforce councillor said it made absolutely no sense to add an extra layer of red tape to agricultural businesses.

"For us to grow crops, to grow good food for the people of Queensland, Australia and the world, we cannot with these laws imposing on us the way they are proposed to be."

"I think it's nothing more than a political stunt to get green preferences."

Topics:  agricultural business farmers federal election vegetation management


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