DERM set to fix mapping mistake

MORE than 60 Childers landholders gathered at a meeting yesterday to discuss incorrect mapping in the area with the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).

The department recently admitted that the satellite imager used to classify protected plants in the area was inaccurate, causing native regrowth to be incorrectly identified as endangered.

Childers Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association spokeswoman Donna Duncan said she had been impressed with the results of the meeting.

“It was all really positive,” she said. “They admitted that it was a problem and said they are here to help.”

The department is putting systems in place to ensure other areas are not affected by the inaccuracy.

“I think it’s a big deal for them to stand up and say that they know they made a mistake and are prepared to fix it,” Mrs Duncan said.

Affected landholders can contact Mrs Duncan on 4126 1700 or the department.



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