Changes to Vegetation Management Laws cause concern amongst farmers
The recent passing of the Vegetation Management Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (Qld) has caused much angst amongst affected persons, particularly farmers. The new laws increase control and restrictions on clearing of land and watercourses. Areas that were previously not regulated are now regulated. The laws were passed notwithstanding much parliamentary debate and uproar amongst farmers. The government claims the laws increase protection for high-value regrowth and remnant vegetation and boost protection for important habitats, including waterways leading to the Great Barrier Reef. To check if you are impacted, free vegetation maps and property reports are available via the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy's website.