The State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee of Queensland Parliament has tabled its report on the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. The Committee has recommended that the Bill be passed, along with seven further recommendations.
The Bill is an important step in restoring the once strong tree clearing laws in Queensland, particularly by improving protections of regrowth vegetation and riparian areas and reducing extensive broadscale clearing that has been allowed under the current laws, particularly the ‘thinning’ code and the purposes of high value agricultural and irrigated high value agriculture.
Regrettably the Committee did not make the stronger recommendations suggested by EDO Qld to ensure that the Bill truly brings an end to excessive tree clearing in our state. We are particularly disappointed that the Committee did not recommendation the government map the vegetation that would remain locked in under weaker Newman Government laws through ‘property maps of assessable vegetation’. We are asking for amendments so that these property maps have a sunset clause, and are not locking in laws in perpetuity regardless of advances in science, policy or changes in the environment. We will continue to work with the government to get the strong tree clearing laws Queensland deserves for our wildlife, climate and Reef.
Contact your local state member to express your views.