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Vegetation management laws big issue for CQ producers

AgForce Central Queensland regional manager Sharon Purcell.
AgForce Central Queensland regional manager Sharon Purcell. Contributed

VEGETATION management is by far the biggest issue concerning Central Queensland beef and grain producers in this state election, AgForce says.

AgForce Central Queensland's Sharon Purcell said she had been travelling throughout the region talking to members over the past few weeks and Labor's plan to re-introduce flawed vegetation management laws if re-elected was the issue constantly raised with her.

"All Central Queensland primary producers have ever asked for is fair and balanced vegetation management laws so they can provide food for family dinner tables across Australia and throughout the world,” she said.

"Farmers care about their land and know how to manage it responsibly, and we don't need politicians adding to the difficulties we already face.

"Unfortunately, the Palaszczuk Labor Government has shown they are more interested in Greens preferences in Brisbane than good policy for Central Queensland.”

Ms Purcell said Central Queensland voters could have a big impact on the state election and in shaping the next state government, with both Keppel and Mirani marginal seats, and a unique and diverse field of candidates running in Rockhampton.

"The recent Agricultural Census showed that the Fitzroy region was the number one beef producing region in the country with more than 2.6 million head of cattle - that's more than in the entire Northern Territory,” she said.

"Agriculture - and beef production in particular - is integral to the Central Queensland economy and underpins thousands of jobs, so policies that affect our primary producers affect all of us.”

Ms Purcell said AgForce had proposed a commonsense plan to drive sustainable agricultural production and deliver good environmental outcomes without strangling farmers in red tape.

A copy of AgForce's policy is available at www.agforceqld. org.au.

Topics:  agforce queensland central queensland qldelection2017


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