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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Is there anyone other than Wazza or Barney in the Nats these days?
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That's true Bill , and I know life is hard for you. But you have a home here and we will all
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Who puts it out Invey ? the same people who put all the scare mongering out. It starts with the