Resistance grows on vegetation

At a meeting on Monday councils and farmers passed a resolution to continue lobbying both State and Federal governments to drop the directive.
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The resolution has also called for more information on which communities will be listed and for fair and adequate compensation if a compulsory system is kept.

The councils and farmers are also holding an information session on May 17 to raise further awareness and support of the issue.

The directive could force landowners who do not have a native vegetation management agreement to seek council approval before clearing or converting threatened non-forest vegetation communities.

Councils are worried they will bear the cost of administering the process and farmers believe a voluntary process of conservation is best.

The State Government will consider alternatives to the directive and a discussion paper on the issue is due to be released soon.

But both councils and farmers are worried the directive will still be introduced in December.

Rowallan MLC Greg Hall will put a notice of motion up during the Budget sessions of Parliament to reiterate the resolution.

“We want to flag to both Governments there is a concern out there in the community,” Mr Hall said.

“We’re putting the pressure on to get a better outcome for the rural communities.”

Northern Midlands Council Deputy Mayor Don McShane said that if the directive was not scrapped farmers wanted compensation.

“If it does become mandatory in any form then landowners are resolute and completely united in their claim for compensation,” Cr McShane said.

He said that one alternative would be to introduce a scheme similar to the private forest reserve programme.

The information session will be at the Oatlands Council Chambers on Tuesday, May 17, from 7pm.

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