Queensland Clearing Laws Amended

22 May 2013

The QLD LNP government passed amendments to the QLD Vegetation Management Laws on Tuesday evening. The key amendments include allowing farmers to graze starving cattle in five national parks and eight reserves until the end of 2013 and beyond if required.

Farmers in QLD are now able to clear their land without permits for routine agricultural management, such as building fences and stock yards.

Remnant vegetation can also now be cleared provided that the land holder can prove that the area to be cleared is a “high-value agriculture area”.

The NSW laws remain unchanged and any clearing of Native Vegetation in NSW must be done in accordance with a Property Vegetation Plan (PVP) or to facilitate a Routine Agricultural Management Activity (RAMA).

You should seek legal advice before any clearing is undertaken as illegal clearing attracts significant financial penalties in addition to remediation orders for up to 20 years.

Contact: Brendan Moylan, Mitchell Carrigan.



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