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Woody weeds out of control: veg laws blasted

30 Aug, 2007 10:07 AM
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Australian Environment Foundation chairman, Don Burke, is concerned existing native vegetation legislation discriminates against landholders trying to control woody weeds and prevent further environmental degradation.

Mr Burke will visit Cobar, NSW, and district, later this week for two days to inspect sites being overtaken by woody weeds.

Mr Burke has addressed a number of regional forums in the last 12 months and says it is clear the legislation is not working to improve the environment.

Departmental officers attended a forum at Dubbo, NSW, in March and gave an undertaking to report back to landholders on how this process could be improved – something that has not happened.

"Vegetation management and carbon sequestration are two issues that the government should be working co-operatively with landholders to provide better outcomes for the environment and the rural community," Mr Burke said.

"Until the State government addresses the inequities of the native vegetation legislation to allow landholders to properly manage woody weeds and compensate them for carbon sequestration, this issue will continue to fester."

Mr Burke said the legislation should be overhauled in consultation with landholders or scrapped.

SOURCE: Rural Press National News Service, Parliament House Bureau, Canberra.

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Thankyou GrainCorp for letting us know, some of us can sleep a little easier now.
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There needs to be a summit of MLA (and their affiliates ) AWI, NFF , and state farming groups
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On Monday night on ABC The BUSINESS there was a closing snippet on a Water (think it was,