Queensland rural landholders are being urged to lock in property maps now ahead of looming new restrictions around what they can and can't do on their land.
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the re-election of the Palaszczuk Labor Government meant the re-introduction of harsh and unnecessary vegetation management laws, possibly within weeks.
“Farmers need to manage vegetation on our land to sustainably produce high quality food,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the Palaszczuk Labor Government wants to make growing food and fibre more difficult by bringing back flawed land use laws rejected by the last Queensland Parliament.
“That's why it's now more important than ever that rural landholders take stock of their property mapping.”
Mr Maudsley said landholders had been able to obtain a Property Map of Assessable Vegetation or 'PMAV' through the Department of Natural Resources for more than a decade, but many producers had yet to take up the opportunity.
“A PMAV shows the boundaries of vegetation categories and allows landholders to lock in the status of vegetation on their property, including areas that have been developed,” he said.
“It's far better for landholders to get their own property maps done as the State Government's regulated vegetation mapping is not certified, is often riddled with errors and isn't locked in for the future.”
Mr Maudsley said AgForce had written to members in the past week providing an information pack with details of vegetation mapping relevant to their individual properties.
“As the representative body for broadacre primary producers, AgForce will continue to fight against what we believe is bad policy for the bush, while also doing whatever we can to negotiate improvements to fundamentally flawed laws,” he said.
“We also need landholders to take steps to protect themselves and their property rights. While paperwork is often a pain, this is one piece of paper that can provide landholders with a little peace of mind and save them money in the long run.”