Farmers demand input into flawed trigger maps

Farmers demand input into Qld's flawed trigger maps

News
AgForce chief executive officer Michael Guerin says farmers want input into protected flora trigger mapping after major flaws were revealed.

AgForce chief executive officer Michael Guerin says farmers want input into protected flora trigger mapping after major flaws were revealed.

Aa

Farmers say they want input into protected flora trigger mapping after major flaws were revealed.

Aa

FARMERS say they want input into protected flora trigger mapping after the Palaszczuk government announced a review of its own dangerously inaccurate data.

The Department of Environment and Science announced today it would review the trigger maps rand correct major inaccuracies, including airport runways, open cut mines, entire towns and part of Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba.

The government has already indicated 35 per cent of the mapping would be removed.

AgForce chief executive officer Michael Guerin said the peak farming organisations needed to be involved to prevent a recurrence of the debacle.

"We are relieved that the government has heeded community concerns and shown the courage and common sense to review the map, as the consequences would have been disastrous for our industry," Mr Guerin said.

"I am amazed they didn't conduct a thorough review before they released the maps to ensure their accuracy, because it has caused a great deal of anxiety and resentment.

It looks like they stood back and threw a tin of blue paint at a map of Queensland, knowing that if they covered most of the state, they would be sure to protect some target species. - Michael Guerin, AgForce

"The trigger maps are at best a wild guess. It looks like they stood back and threw a tin of blue paint at a map of Queensland, knowing that if they covered most of the state, they would be sure to protect some target species."

Mr Guerin said DES did not have a clue what protected plants, if any, existed within a particular protected area.

"That's why they need to engage with producers, those who own and are familiar with the land, and their peak bodies in their review," Mr Guerin said.

"We respect and endorse the government's objective to save the natural environment, but all these maps would have done was sacrifice an industry for no benefit."

Mr Guerin said the government had clearly not learnt the folly of developing legislation and regulation in isolation and then dumping it on industry without warning.

"This latest example of the government's lack of consultation and communication with farmers - the people on whom the burden of these regulations is heaviest - is an absolute shocker," he said.

"It appears the only input the government wants from producers is an expensive ecologist's report on flora on their property to provide DES with accurate data that they should have had in the first place.

"If that is the case, then I think DES should reimburse producers for the reports, because they are basically doing the department's work for it at their own cost."

RELATED STORY: ''Palaszczuk's flawed trigger maps to be slashed by 35 per cent.

RELATED STORY: 'Palaszczuk's trigger mapping exposed as a joke'.

RELATED STORY: 'Palaszczuk reneges on $5m prickly acacia funding'.

Aa

From the front page

Sponsored by