I WAS so disappointed to read my local State Member's response re Government's efforts to review our vegetation clearing laws.
In the Gympie Times 25/2/16 Tony Perrett suggested that people and groups who support changes to our vegetation management laws are "anti-agriculture, anti-resources and anti-economic development" and that the Government is simply paying a debt to "green groups" for political purposes.
That kind of language is dismissive of the many of his constituents and other Queenslanders who care deeply about this issue. Many of us are landowners, are working and caring for the land, and ARE concerned about the amount of tree-clearing in our State.
I am not saying the previous laws and processes were ideal. But Mr Perrett needs to accept that many ordinary Queenslanders want to see responsible tree clearing laws that offer better protection for habitat for our unique native wildlife, that protect the Reef, and that help to keep the air we breathe clean.
We particularly need to reconsider the removal of protection of regrowth which is actually important habitat for many species eg koalas, listed as vulnerable in our State.
The effects of clearing now will continue to increase long into the future, because habitat loss that occurs now can lead to extinctions in the future.
Thank goodness there are some "green activist groups" as Mr Perrett calls them.
These groups, by the way, are also providing support to hundreds of distressed farmers across our nation who are fighting the "resources" sector when it comes to mines and CSG that impacts their homes, livelihoods and the natural environment.
Land-clearing is a highly contentious issue. But it is too important to play politics over.
What I want from my representative is a willingness to listen, compromise and work on solutions.
We have responsibility to care for our land, and we owe it to our future generations who will otherwise understandably ask "why did you let that happen?"