Independent investigator confirmed for McKay case

8th March 2007Ashley McKay has notched an early win in his quest for accountability within the Queensland Government for its failed pursuit of him over tree clearing charges.The Crime and Misconduct Commission last month referred a complaint by Mr McKay, Torres Park, Augathella, Qld, back to the Department of Natural Resources and Water (NRW) and … Read moreIndependent investigator confirmed for McKay case

Qld Govt investigated over handling of tree clearing case

2nd March 2007The shoe is now firmly on the other foot for Ashley McKay, with the Crime and Misconduct Commission ordering an investigation into the actions of six Queensland Government employees involved in his landmark tree clearing case.Mr McKay, Torres Park, Augathella, was pursued through the courts by the Qld Department of Natural Resources for … Read moreQld Govt investigated over handling of tree clearing case

Clearing report backs farmers land management

5th February 2007A new NSW Government Report on the management of native vegetation confirms that farmers are doing the right thing by the environment, according to the NSW Farmers’ Association.Association president, Jock Laurie, says claims of illegal land clearing by green groups can finally be dismissed following the release of the NSW Government’s Woody Vegetation … Read moreClearing report backs farmers land management

NSW Oppositions Native Vegetation policy positive: NSW Farmers

31st January 2007The NSW Farmers’ Association today welcomes the NSW Opposition’s Native Vegetation policy announcement.The association’s president, Jock Laurie, says, “The NSW Farmers’ Association has raised concerns about the current Native Vegetation regulations. “The Opposition’s policy addresses those concerns.“If implemented, it would see the system become less rigid and prescriptive.“It would allow farmers to efficiently … Read moreNSW Oppositions Native Vegetation policy positive: NSW Farmers

NSW Oppositions Native Vegetation policy positive: NSW Farmers

31st January 2007The NSW Farmers’ Association today welcomes the NSW Opposition’s Native Vegetation policy announcement.The association’s president, Jock Laurie, says, “The NSW Farmers’ Association has raised concerns about the current Native Vegetation regulations. “The Opposition’s policy addresses those concerns.“If implemented, it would see the system become less rigid and prescriptive.“It would allow farmers to efficiently … Read moreNSW Oppositions Native Vegetation policy positive: NSW Farmers

NSW Oppositions Native Vegetation policy positive: NSW Farmers

31st January 2007The NSW Farmers’ Association today welcomes the NSW Opposition’s Native Vegetation policy announcement.The association’s president, Jock Laurie, says, “The NSW Farmers’ Association has raised concerns about the current Native Vegetation regulations. “The Opposition’s policy addresses those concerns.“If implemented, it would see the system become less rigid and prescriptive.“It would allow farmers to efficiently … Read moreNSW Oppositions Native Vegetation policy positive: NSW Farmers

Qld vegetation assistance funding must be extended: Nats

12th January 2007The Queensland Nationals are demanding the State Government extend its native vegetation compensation scheme.With only six weeks left before applications close, The Nationals say more than half of the State Government’s $130 million vegetation management assistance package has not been spent.Opposition natural resources spokesman, Ray Hopper, says the assistance package eligibility criteria should … Read moreQld vegetation assistance funding must be extended: Nats

$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

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

$18.3m paid in Qld vegetation management aid

22nd June 2006 The Queensland Government continues to provide vegetation management aid to landholders and clearing contractors, Natural Resources Minister, Henry Palaszczuk, said. Mr Palaszczuk said the level of enterprise assistance provided by the Queensland Government for landholders and clearing contractors under vegetation management help continued to increase dramatically. “To date, $18.3 million has been … Read more$18.3m paid in Qld vegetation management aid

DNRM Illegal Tree Clearing blitz in South Western Queensland

26th May 2006 The Department of Natural Resources and Mines is currently undertaking an ‘illegal tree clearing blitz’ in South West Queensland. The investigations are occurring at a time when landholders are still feeling the harsh impacts of drought conditions and remain uncertain about fodder clearing permits. DNRM investigators are touring the region and providing … Read moreDNRM Illegal Tree Clearing blitz in South Western Queensland

Hornet’s nest stings Qld Govt

18th November 2005 North Queensland Register Editorial Senior people in the Department of Natural Resources and Mines must be heartily wishing they had never heard of Shane Watts. For 17 months, the department doggedly pursued the Collinsville grazier, finally winning a court victory when Mr Watts was found guilty and fined $2000 for clearing one-third … Read moreHornet’s nest stings Qld Govt

Green benefits not worth pain of land clearing

20th September 2005 Queensland’s strict ban on tree clearing is severely damaging farmers and deliversing little in the way of environmental results, according to the nation’s chief commoditiies forecaster. In its latest report, the Australian Bureua of Agriculture and Resource Economics called for laws on native vegetation clearing in Queensland and NSW to be overhauled. … Read moreGreen benefits not worth pain of land clearing

Who has control of your land?

15th June 2005 John Purcell, Chairman of “Property Rights Australia”, will be hosting a meeting with other board members to discuss issues relating to your rights as a property owner. If you own property large or small with the potential for development you need to attend this meeting.  Do you really own the rights to … Read moreWho has control of your land?