Council urged to prosecute govt
ANGRY Sexton land owners have accused the State Government of not living up to its own weed control standards, linking alleged neglect of the land to controversial government asset sale plans.
They have called for Gympie Regional Council to take legal action against the government’s soon-to-be-sold forestry operation, Forestry Plantations Queensland, under the government’s Land Protection Act, which requires weed control on private land.
A report to council’s Works and Services Committee said landowners near Devils Mountain are concerned about “a major infestation of giant rats tail grass” on land earmarked for sale as a freehold asset of FPQ.
The committee was told that FPQ recognises its “responsibility for meeting pest management obligations under the Act” on its Crown land and agrees that management requirements on its freehold properties are “no different from any other private land owner.”
The staff report said “there is a feeling amongst the adjoining landholders that FPQ is stalling on its commitments until the property is sold. “Given the impending sale of the asset, it might be an opportune time to take further legislative action on this property,” the report says.