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Qld's new land clearing laws outlined

Land clearing will be discussed at today’s Friday Forum at the Environment Centre.
Land clearing will be discussed at today’s Friday Forum at the Environment Centre. Contributed

A SERIES of public information sessions will give landholders the latest information about the State Government's vegetation management reforms.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the sessions would give landholders a comprehensive understanding of the vegetation management reforms that came into effect on Monday.

"The Newman Government is building a four-pillar economy, with the new vegetation management reforms helping strengthen the agriculture pillar," Mr Cripps said.

"We will establish an era of sustainable agricultural production in Queensland with the introduction of a new streamlined vegetation management framework to boost agricultural productivity and opportunities, particularly in regional and rural areas."

Mr Cripps said the reforms included three key initiatives: nine self-assessable codes, vegetation mapping changes and support for appropriate clearing for high-value and irrigated agriculture.

"The new self-assessable codes will enable farmers and graziers to undertake routine property management activities by simply notifying the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, rather than applying for a permit," he said.

► A public information session is being held in Bundaberg on Tuesday, from 10am, at the Department of Natural Resources and Mines office, 16-32 Enterprise St.

Places are limited. To reserve a place, email vegsouthregion@dnrm.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  environment native vegetation conservation act