" During World War I, the small town of Devenish and district had a population of around 300, but 50 of its citizens - one in six - signed up to serve. Seven diggers died and never came home. The war’s impact still resonates today. Many people in the wheat farming community, near Benalla in northern Victoria, have family ties to those 50 who served.
Farmer Kevin Mitchell said locals were keen to mark the centenary of the end of the war, but also to bring visitors to the town ‘‘and make it a bit more vibrant’’. More than 100 local people raised $20,000 to fund a striking 20-metre-high mural on disused grain silos, opposite the Railway Hotel. "
" THERE IS A BETTER WAY! – in social media capitals denotes shouting and this is what many Qld farmers and graziers feel like doing, caught out in the midst of the rough and tumble of the latest match of vegetation management political football. The frustration is palpable, as seen in the rural media, social commentary, in submissions to this latest Bill and to the inquiry hearings.
But if government did care to listen and embark on genuine consultation and two-way communication with food producers, it would learn that at fault is not what adjustment is made to the VMA, but the very basis of the VMA is at fault. A different approach is needed – there is a better way. "
Former PRA Chair Dale Stiller in this opinion article points to the growing tide of determination in the bush to demand government to leave the prescriptive approach using the tools of control & coercion to an outcomes approach using the tools of cooperation, on ground reality and respect.
Also to leave what has not worked in the past, to stop giving large environmental organisations (ENGO's) any legitimacy -
" A new approach is needed for environmental law. Without change the ENGO’s will continue to ratchet up a click at a time tighter controls, just as a python constricts its victim. The Qld ALP appear addicted to the need of a new calamity scenario at election time to gain that extra few percentage of votes to get a few candidates over the line. Not only should the different agricultural sectors unite against this unacceptable situation but also stand with other primary producers and support QSIA call for removal of ENGO’s from the policy table. "
If the Queensland Government cared to listen and embark on genuine consultation with food producers, it would learn that at fault is not what adjustment is made to the Vegetation Management Act, but the very basis of the Act itself, writes Wandoan beef producer Dale Stiller in this opinion piece.
Dr Bill Burrows B. Agr. Sc. (U. of Q.)  M. Agr. Sc. (U.of Q.)  Ph. D. (ANU)  – Environmental Biology, RSBS
A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, a Fellow of the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia and Hon Senior Fellow, Central Queensland University. I am a past President of the Australian Rangeland Society and the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia; recipient of a Centenary Medal for ‘services to Australian society in the field of ecology’
It’s a long list of credentials but Dr Bill Burrows has put a lifetime into researching Queensland woodlands. Dr Burrows is frustrated, he finds it crazy that a government could completely ignore the science that they themselves have commissioned and paid millions for. It’s unjust for the scientists and it’s unjust for the people who are caretakers of the land. Dr Bill Burrows would like to tell you A True Story: From the heart of Queensland. #atruestory #queensland #farmers #ourfood #tagaminister #vegetationmanagement #fromtheheartofQld ... Read MoreSee Less
We know it won't make a dam difference when the current veg amendments are voted on shortly, but if you give a dam about the future of regional Qld, supply of food, and a true balanced production & environment, you will make an effort to attend this protest.
If you are fooling yourself that you have your country cleared and the changes don't affect you, think again. This poor approach to environmental law applied to farming will get you on some other issue in the future.
WE need to start fighting a campaign and be prepared to hang in there for however long it takes.
Stand Your Ground.Get involved in our day of action in Brisbane on Tuesday 1 May to voice your opposition to proposed vegetation management laws.
This rally will coincide with the first day of the next Queensland Parliament sitting and is a critical time for our industry.
A strong united voice from all of Agriculture in Queensland will make a difference. Find details of the upcoming event here: bit.ly/2HBq2Yc
" TECHNICALITIES about how to display number plates have led to drivers visiting NSW from interstate receiving fines for driving unregistered.
The issue arises because of the NSW laws for using vehicles registered in another state or territory. In NSW, the interstate registration of a vehicle is recognised while it is temporarily in NSW, as long as certain conditions are met.
One of those conditions relates to how number plates are displayed. The law requires the number plates and any other labels of a visiting vehicle must be displayed "conspicuously” and in the "manner and condition” required by the laws of the state or territory in which it is registered.
If they don't comply with this, vehicles are treated as unregistered.
On the face of it, having to display your number plates correctly isn't unreasonable. However, what many people don't realise is how specific the laws about displaying number plates are.
The requirements include things such as how high the plates can be from the ground, the distance they must be visible from and also the angles that it must be visible from. "
It is ridiculous that we do not have uniform road rules in Australia. Along with uniform education standards, etc etc. We do not have a sufficient population base to maintain three levels of government.
More money grabbing
Pedantic,and fund raising exercise- honestly.......
This bullshit needs fixing,or just give N.S.W.a big miss dump every thing of at the border
" A PARLIAMENTARY committee charged with reviewing the Palaszczuk government’s new vegetation management laws has recommended the controversial laws be passed.
The seven member committee is dominated by four Labor MPs. The three LNP members on the committee handed down a dissenting report opposing the legislation.
The report is cold comfort for Queensland farmers who were hoping to reduce the impact of the controversial new laws, which effectively ban the development high value agriculture in Queensland and significantly increase red tape associated with day to day vegetation management practices.
The report’s eight recommendations include considering the appointment of additional extension officers, investing the higher charges to be imposed on landholders, and increasing the level of education to landholders through the use of fact sheets. "
Inevitable, as expected, what a farce the consultation process is, always has been..
The real ignorance is from those driving at all costs this policy, who after the inquiry process are disdainfully treating those with the knowledge of the land as ignorant and needing fact sheets to how NOT to manage their land. But the kicker is that these facts sheets are to be funded by charges on the same people subjected to the false propaganda. Time to start getting angry folks.
I spoke to a brain dead know all MP last week & he said the committee process & consultation meetings will sort it out & get it right because they are listening to stockholders. He told me he has extensive experience with land management as his grandfather owned a large property. There is none so deaf as they who don't want to here & none so blind as they who don't want to see but none so dumb as an self intelligent politician.
What do you expect from Labor, have no idea and will not listen. I do hope some our city folk will support the farmers and graziers and not listen to the rubbish they are putting forward. Farmers are not the bad guy here.
SECEDE! Bob Katter, now is the time to Secede! Get it done, unless every last one of these labor anti Australian MP's is thrown in Australia for some crime, this greens stained labor party, will destroy Qld. Secede. Give labor/greens, SEQ. that's it. Tell them can get their food from China, as you'll only export to the rest of Australia and the rest of Qld that is not SEQ that you break away from!
This committee is our substitute for an upper house.
To say I'm disappointed is an understatement to say the least. It's so important no matter what industry group you support or what you grow. WE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER. If you live in Brisbane please come along next Tuesday, if you live out outside the SE please join in a virtual rally at the same time. Dress in a green shirt to symbolise that farmers are the true environmentalists, take photos and post on social media using the hashtags #FairLaws4Farmers and #YourFoodOurFuture We must be strong and united and continue to make our voices heard. THANK YOU in Advance yes we are all upset but don't give in yet
It is obvious the three Labor member of the committee were not game to eyeball Justin McDonnell (Cairns meeting) or if they did, they either have no conscience or are afraid of the Labor leaders and simply looking after their positions. Shame on them.
A blind stupid out come. Then allow Massive land clearing for mines and fracking. At a loss. Revolution people we are run by hidden agendas. It’s out of control
What bullshit. The Government definitely wants no more farming. Everything in Australia is gone. We will be eating garbage once they ruin farmers lives and their family heritage and business. Palaszczuk is an idiot to put it mildly.
i am city but know the drought stricken farmers do not need this Barbaric law which it is . to throw more red tape and cost to the farmers in producing our food for us. this Labor/Communist run government are out to break us all. i agree the city require the fact sheets not the people on the land. vote labor last, with the greens,and LNP. VOTE Independents where you can.
The Parliamentary Committee system is simply a false-hope tool of the government of the day. I doubt that many people expected a different result than this. This outcome just shows how pointless it is. We need an Upper House or House of Review in Queensland. It is the people of south east Queensland who need to be given the facts in concise form about what is happening. It is their votes this government relies on. Labor is doing this early in their term in the expectation this will blow away, and farmers will go quiet and conform.
Typical corrupt attitude of the Labor Party.
That's what they did to the Fishermen...these Committees are nothing but tea parties and go through the motions so government is seen to be doing something while assured their bill gets passed.
The govt of S E Qld says farmers can still manage their regrowth, but the prohibitive high fee and paperwork involved will effectively stop that. Livestock will die and properties rendered unmanageable. A law based on a lie for the ignorant by the ignorant. Left wing bastardry.
answe get together vote them out
Look at the Queensland ecconomy. Farmers are being told how to manage their buisness by fools that don't know how to do their own job. I hope the state can survive untill we get a change in government. The next government will have a hell of a job trying to balance the books.
Really did we really think they would listen. As a farmer /grazier I am very disappointed but not surprised
" About 300 people at the Uniting the Southern Basin Open Water Forum, run by Deniliquin based lobby group Speak Up, was told there was a lack of balance and honesty in what was a flawed plan.
The forum brought together farmers and community members from throughout northern Victoria, southern New South Wales and South Australia.
“The plan hasn’t got the balance right,” Speak Up chairman Shelley Scoullar said.
“We believe that’s indisputable.
“It has been dominated by political expediency, instead of ensuring we effectively balance environmental, social and economic needs.”
“To maximise environmental outcomes we need a focus on quality, not quantity.
She said Southern Basin communities had been abandoned by politicians and representatives who buried their heads in the sand or chose to toe the party line, instead of seeking the truth.
“We have been out-resourced by ideologies that choose to ignore an objective and evidence-based approach, instead using information to mislead the general public.” " . . Videos of presentations at the water forum will be posted in the comment section below.
We have been out-resourced by ideologies that choose to ignore an objective and evidence-based approach, instead using information to mislead the general public.” " This comment could just have easily applied to the proposed Veg Management Laws.
The farmers of Queensland would like to tell you A True Story. On the 1st of May the Palaszczuk Government may rush flawed legislation through before MP's know the truth. This is a story that comes from a place far away, from the heart of Queensland, this is a story that needs to be heard. #atruestory #fromtheheartofQld #qld #farmers #ourfood ... Read MoreSee Less
Allan Savory Cattle serving mankind quietly addressing desertification and climate change. Fortunately they just do not know how much they are vilified and blamed for the faults of mismanagement by humans.
Thankfully thousands of voices are beginning to support what I have urged over half a century of ridicule and abuse. As much respected Dr M. Sanjayan - at the time a Senior Scientist at The Nature Conservancy - stated when hosting the National Geographic /PBS documentary "Earth A New Wild" while filming these cattle in action, stated - "… The message is an extraordinarily powerful one, and it could be the best thing, the absolute best thing that conservation has ever discovered." (I am not sure how conservation discovered Holistic Management but that is beside the point). ... Read MoreSee Less
I bet if people saw what destruction this decision created, they would be horrified. Its not sustainable and it goes again community wishes and best practice. Not to mention the poor native animals that are now homeless. Native forests are not for sale. They give us clean water and fresh air..which is far more valuable that paper which could be produced from hemp plantations...greedy government, looking after greedy corporations..
changed the agreements on purpose, to enable the pushing of more greenie leftist UN pandering mandates across the board. How is he not in jail for crimes of malpractice against Victoria and it's citizens yet?