Qld landholders caught up in vegetation red tape

20th November 2006The Queensland Government has been accused of bungling the administration of vegetation management laws with new figures showing more than 1300 landholders are waiting up to two and a half years for property maps.Coalition questioning in State Parliament has revealed 2768 landholders have forked out $795,950 for Property Maps of Assessable Vegetation since … Read moreQld landholders caught up in vegetation red tape

More help for workers in drought-affected areas

20th November 2006The Federal Government has changed the Drought Force program to make it easier for those who have lost their jobs in Exceptional Circumstances areas to do volunteer work on private farms and receive a pay packet from the Government.Minister for Workforce Participation, Dr Sharman Stone, says the changes mean that people in receipt … Read moreMore help for workers in drought-affected areas

Qld landholders caught up in vegetation red tape

20th November 2006The Queensland Government has been accused of bungling the administration of vegetation management laws with new figures showing more than 1300 landholders are waiting up to two and a half years for property maps.Coalition questioning in State Parliament has revealed 2768 landholders have forked out $795,950 for Property Maps of Assessable Vegetation since … Read moreQld landholders caught up in vegetation red tape

More help for workers in drought-affected areas

20th November 2006The Federal Government has changed the Drought Force program to make it easier for those who have lost their jobs in Exceptional Circumstances areas to do volunteer work on private farms and receive a pay packet from the Government.Minister for Workforce Participation, Dr Sharman Stone, says the changes mean that people in receipt … Read moreMore help for workers in drought-affected areas

$1m paid for farmland vegetation sold for carbon credits

17th November 2006Increasing demand from industry is paving the way for the development of a major market in selling farming vegetation for carbon credits.A deal approved on Tuesday will see development rights of undeveloped south-west Queensland farmland sold off as carbon credits to major industries.For one landholder, this will result in a payment of close … Read more$1m paid for farmland vegetation sold for carbon credits

Farmers call for seat at table in crisis talks

16th November 2006Farmers want a seat at the table in the crisis talks about the future of river water allocations, arising from this month’s Water Summit in Canberra.The summit agreed to establish a team of bureaucrats from various Federal and State Government departments to examine contingency planning for town and urban water.But there’s no mention … Read moreFarmers call for seat at table in crisis talks

Farmers call for seat at table in crisis talks

16th November 2006Farmers want a seat at the table in the crisis talks about the future of river water allocations, arising from this month’s Water Summit in Canberra.The summit agreed to establish a team of bureaucrats from various Federal and State Government departments to examine contingency planning for town and urban water.But there’s no mention … Read moreFarmers call for seat at table in crisis talks

Farmers call for seat at table in crisis talks

16th November 2006Farmers want a seat at the table in the crisis talks about the future of river water allocations, arising from this month’s Water Summit in Canberra.The summit agreed to establish a team of bureaucrats from various Federal and State Government departments to examine contingency planning for town and urban water.But there’s no mention … Read moreFarmers call for seat at table in crisis talks

Starts by capping land rents, to ease pressure on farmers: AgForce

15th November 2006AgForce Qld has renewed its calls for the Qld Government to overhaul the leasehold land rental system in the wake of last week’s comments by the Prime Minister, at the water summit in Canberra.Mr Howard suggested the states waive water charges and introduce a rates rebate scheme to help drought affected farmers.AgForce vice … Read moreStarts by capping land rents, to ease pressure on farmers: AgForce

Qld may freeze water charges, too

15th November 2006Qld Water Minister, Craig Wallace, says his Government is costing a proposal to freeze irrigation water charges for those farmers affected by drought.He says Acting Premier, Anna Bligh, has given an undertaking to consider water charging rate relief for people who are in exceptional circumstances areas.But he’s warned that Qld wants the Federal … Read moreQld may freeze water charges, too

Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves Beware

15th November 2006 The drought is severe and there are many farmers and graziers suffering incredibly these conditions. There are also now numerous drovers on the road utilising the TSR’s (traveling stock routes) in an attempt to keep their stock fed and hence their business assets alive, or someone else’s. The Webb’s are one of … Read moreGypsies, Tramps & Thieves Beware

QCL – PRA Comment

9th October 2006 It is no surprise that ABARE has found the VMA will cost Queensland an additional $500million for forgone development in the Brigalow and Mulga Lands.             People must remember that the 2003 DPI Report which our erstwhile Premier ordered to be shredded, also established a $900 million cost to the Community from … Read moreQCL – PRA Comment

More stupidity

27th September 2006 The Queensland Government’s release of the code applying to a native forest practice on freehold land proves that they are still out there with the fairies. Property Rights Australia Chairman John Purcell said, “This Government does not understand primary production, free enterprise, the meaning of private ownership, contractual sale of land and, … Read moreMore stupidity

Hands off Gulf and Cape York Peninsula: Qld farmers

27th September 2006 Queensland Natural Resources Minister, Henry Palaszczuk, has undertaken to seriously amend the Wild Rivers Legislation, according to Property Rights Australia (PRA). The undertaking comes in response to a far north Queensland Local Government deputation on Friday. PRA chairman, John Purcell, said, “The Wild Rivers Legislation is a disgraceful and totally impractical document. … Read moreHands off Gulf and Cape York Peninsula: Qld farmers

Ashley McKay’s case upheld in the Queensland District Court

27th September 2006 After 6 long years and over a dozen court proceedings Ashley and Doris McKay of Torres Park Augathella have had their appeal against a conviction for illegally clearing commercial cypress pine in 1999 upheld in the Queensland Court of Appeal. Judge Alan Wilson SC handed down his verdict on the 28th of … Read moreAshley McKay’s case upheld in the Queensland District Court