The National Farmers’ Federation is supporting Queensland farmers in their ongoing call for sensible regulation.
Led by NFF member, AgForce Queensland, the state’s rural sector continues to rally against draconian regulation in regards to native vegetation management and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
“Australian farmers are the ultimate environmentalists. Nation-wide farmers manage more than half the Australian landscape, delivering environmental benefits and food everyday for all Australians.
“Queensland farmers are particularly conscious of the unique environment in which they operate.
“In the past decade, for example farmers have deployed a best-management practice approach to mitigating the impact of agriculture run off to the reef.
“In complete disregard for this, the Palaszczuk Government, continues to take a big stick, ill-informed approach to regulation governing agriculture and its intersection with the Reef.
“Instead of doing what a Government is compelled to – consult thoroughly and be informed of the best possible science – it appears as if Palaszczuk Government has failed to adequately consult, failed to take the farm sector’s considered advice and in doing so, turned its back on farmers.”
Mr Mahar said many Queensland farmers were doing it tough at the moment due to drought, bushfires and flood recovery, hardships imposed by circumstances beyond their control.
“What is firmly in the control of the Government, are the laws and regulations they impose on agriculture and farmers – one of the State’s proudest and most valuable industries.
“The NFF has a vision for agriculture to be a $100 billion industry by 2030.
“Farmers manage more than 51% of Australia’s landscape. We seek a collaborative and constructive approach with Government including sensible regulation, that both protects the environment and enables farmers to continue to sustainably grow food and fibre.
“What we’re currently seeing in Queensland at the moment falls way short of this.”