Billboards push ‘fair laws for farmers’
A BILLBOARD urging Queenslanders to “support fair laws for farmers” goes up in Bundaberg this week to drive home the message that tougher vegetation management restrictions will cost jobs and push up food prices.
AgForce general president Grant Maudsley said the billboards, which would also go up in Brisbane and Townsville, were the next stage of AgForce’s “Fair Laws for Farmers” campaign and would be displayed for
at least the next two months.
“Queensland agriculture has the potential to grow from $17 billion a year to $30 billion over the next decade, but that growth will be stifled if the Palaszczuk government’s proposed changes to vegetation management laws go ahead,” he said.
“AgForce has always said we are willing to work through a science and evidence-based process on this legislation, but the Queensland Government has been more interested in appeasing extreme green views than developing good policies.
“Farmers just want a fair go. Farmers just want sensible land management laws so they can grow their businesses, create jobs and produce more food and fibre.”
Mr Maudsley said the three locations chosen were in key electorates for the Palaszczuk government.
“The Brisbane billboard is located at the busy intersection of Moggill Rd and Jephson St in Environment Minister Steven Miles’ Mount Coottha electorate while the Bundaberg billboard is in the heart of Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson’s electorate,” he said.
“We have also chosen to have a billboard in Townsville to send a message to the three local Labor MPs, particularly Assistant Minister Coralee O’Rourke, that they should be supporting fair laws for farmers if they are serious about ‘developing the north’ and creating more local jobs.”
The billboards follow the establishment of a website – www.fairlawsfor
farmers.com with farmer videos explaining how the law changes would affect them and protest rallies in Central Queensland and Cape York.
Mr Maudsley said more protests were being planned and AgForce was crowdfunding to support the campaign via the new website.