Focus on Reef report positives, not negative navel gazing

Focus on Reef report positives, not negative navel gazing

The Queensland Government should be focussing on the positive outcomes being delivered to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef rather than engaging in negative navel gazing about their failed vegetation management laws, AgForce said today.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said while more work needed to be done, the Reef 2050 Plan annual report showed an enormous amount of progress was being made in a short amount of time.

“Like all Australians, farmers want to ensure the Great Barrier Reef is protected and preserved for generations to come,” he said.

“The agriculture sector is doing its bit to improve water quality through the roll-out of Best Management Practice programs which help farmers benchmark their business against the best industry standards using the best available science.

“Over the last three years under the Australian Government’s Reef Program, more than 7000 farmers have been involved in activities to increase their knowledge about new technologies and improvements to their farming systems.

“That’s why it is so disappointing that the Queensland Government is still pouting about the Parliament’s rejection of their bad vegetation management laws, rather than talking up the many good outcomes being achieved by farmers and other stakeholders.”

Mr Maudsley said Queenslanders wanted Governments to focus on delivering good policies and good outcomes, not continually pushing poor policies and trying to score political points.

“While the Federal Government finally compromised and backed down on the backpacker tax yesterday, the Queensland Government is still clinging to flawed laws that were bad for jobs, bad for food prices and bad for regional development,” he said.

“The reality is that everyone, including governments, farmers, graziers, developers, the resources sector, traditional owners, tourism operators and members of the community must be part of the solution to protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef now and into the future.”

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AgForce has been the unifying voice for Queensland’s beef, sheep and grain producers since 1999. Our strength continues through our membership and a strategic vision to secure the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the agribusiness sector.

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