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Northern MPs have made their stance on Vegetation Management clear this afternoon moving a motion which called for a number of considerations to be made when developing future legislation.

The member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said he hopes to secure the support of Parliament to ensure the continued focus on Northern development.

“The North of Queensland is significantly underdeveloped and needs the chance to push forward, especially the agricultural sector,” Mr Knuth said.

“The Vegetation Management Framework, that was in place prior to 2012, may have been appropriate for areas in southern Queensland, but have denied opportunity to parts of north and western Queensland.

“These areas have had centuries of development, while the North is only just blossoming,” he said.

Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said both sides of Parliament should take every opportunity to assist landholders to develop high value land for grazing purposes.

“The KAP will resist any further restrictions on producers in regards to clearing, we will not be shaken by the left green agenda,” Mr Katter said.

“Many struggling small rural and Indigenous communities, particularly within the State’s Far North and Gulf, would stand to benefit greatly from the much needed social and economic opportunities that these considerations would present.

“We encourage the Opposition to stand with the bush to support agricultural development,” he said.

The KAP called the parliament to consider the following points if any changes to the Vegetation Management Framework.

a) Rejecting a ‘one-size fits all’ approach to vegetation management on a state-wide basis that denies opportunity to parts of north and western Queensland. These regions being Einasleigh Uplands, Gulf Plains, Cape York, Desert Uplands, North-west Highlands, Mulga Lands, Mitchell grass downs and Channel Country.

b) Properties with the total cleared area of land of less than 10% be permitted to be cleared up to a maximum of 10%, capped at 5,000Ha.

c) Maintaining current self-assessable codes on these properties; to ensure opportunity and maintenance of current productivity levels in balance with landscape vegetation retention and connectivity.

d) Clearing provisions for high-value and irrigated high value Agriculture be extended to include ‘High-value land for Grazing Purposes’ such as baled fodder and forage, ensiling and strip grazing.

e) That any proposed changes do not impact on previously approved development under the present Vegetation Management Framework.


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