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Powell Media Release – Vegetation Laws cause outrage in Glass House (17 May 2016)

17 May 2016

Vegetation Laws cause outrage in Glass House

Landowners in and around Woodford, Delaneys Creek and Wamuran have been left in the dark over the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s sneaky new Vegetation Management Laws and local member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, is outraged.

“I have been inundated with enquiries from landowners in the Glass House electorate who have been ordered to comply with new Vegetation Laws that will completely transform the way they manage their own property.

“And to make matters worse, when they have made attempts to uncover the full impact these new laws will have on their land, they are left even more frustrated as there seems to be little to no information that explains what the changes will be.

“It really is hardly surprising that Labor have made no attempts and no effort to inform landholders on what these changes mean for them.”

Mr Powell recently met with Jennifer Kellie from Woodford who shared her personal experience in trying to discover how these laws will impact her.

“The maps the government is basing their laws on are wrong! Completely wrong!” Ms Kellie stated.

“Land that I slash on a weekly basis has been classed as protected regrowth – how is that even possible?”

“These really are life and job destroying laws and will do nothing to actually protect the environment,” Ms Kellie stated.

While in government, the LNP introduced a vegetation management framework that allowed landholders and farmers to manage vegetation and particularly re-growth vegetation on their properties.

“I stand fully committed to the framework that the LNP introduced and, along with my LNP colleagues, will be voting against this Bill when it next comes before the House.

“Anyone concerned is urged to contact my office on 5435 2013,” Mr Powell concluded.

Ends – 17 May 2016


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