Powell Media Release – Glass House urged to send Labor a message on Vegetation Management (21 April 2016)

Andrew Powell MP

Member for Glass House
21 April 2016

Glass House urged to send Labor a message on Vegetation management

• LNP and agriculture groups stand together against Labor’s vegetation management reforms
• Petition launched for Glass House community to speak out and have say
• Palaszczuk Labor Government’s aggressive reforms set to cripple agriculture in Glass House

The Glass House community is urged to join with rural industry groups and local MP Andrew Powell in the fight against Labor’s proposed anti-agriculture vegetation management reforms.

Mr Powell said the petition, in response to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, was an opportunity for all Glass House landholders and the wider community to register their protest to Labor’s plans.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s rollback of the LNPs sensible vegetation management framework will remove property rights, reduce the productivity of the agricultural sector and threaten jobs in our region,” he said.

Mr Powell said Labor’s proposed amendments were more extensive and aggressive than simply overturning the LNP’s 2013 changes.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government plans to completely repeal the important High Value Agriculture and High Value Irrigated Agriculture pathways to development. It also plans to extend incredibly restrictive laws to the Mary River catchment.  This combined threat will bring Glass House’s agriculture sector and future economic growth to a screaming halt,” he said.

“Freehold and indigenous freehold landowners will be stripped of their rights to manage regrowth vegetation.

“Landholders will also be considered guilty until proven innocent with the re-instatement of the reversal of the onus of proof and ‘mistake of fact’ will no longer be considered a defence for alleged offences involving vegetation management activities.”

See this link to the petition- http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions

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[ENDS] 21 April 2016