GROUND ZERO: AgForce president Grant Maudsley says landholders need time to compare the government’s latest maps to what is actually on the ground.THEDepartment of Natural Resources and Mines has pre-empted this week’s vote on Labor’scontroversial new vegetation management laws, issuing an emailstatement to landholders advising thatmore accurate mapping of Queensland’s high-value regrowth vegetation isnow available online.
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The department, which already describes the divisiveVegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 as“responsible”on its website, haspreviously come under heavy criticism for relying on flawed mapping in efforts to prosecute landholders.

“This email is to inform you the Department of Natural Resources and Mines has releasedmore accurate mapping of Queensland’s high-value regrowth vegetation,” the email reads.

“This mapping is related to proposed changes to vegetation management laws, which arecurrently before the Queensland Parliament.

“To receive the most up-to-date information for your property, we recommend you submit a new request for a property report or vegetation maps before undertaking vegetation management activities on your property.”

The maps can be requested online at:https://梧桐夜网qld.gov419论坛/environment/land/vegetation/map-request/.

AgForce president Grant Maudsley said landholders wouldneed time to compare thegovernment’s latest version of the maps towhat was actually on the ground.

“This in no way changes our view that the bill needs to be scrapped,” Mr Maudsley said.

“The inaccuracies of the government’s regional ecosystem and regrowth mapping has been known about for a long time, and this advice to landholders seems to be nothing more than a last ditch attempt to be seen to be doing something ahead of this week’s debate in parliament.

“The inaccurate mapping is also one of the reasons why the removal of the ‘mistake of fact’ defense in the proposed vegetation management laws is so offensive, as it means landholders cop the blame for the government’s wrong map.”

Opposition natural resources spokesman Andrew Cripps said it was never a bad thing to have a better maps. However, he questioned the timing of the release of the new mapping.

“There have beennotorious discrepancies in vegetation mapping,” Mr Cripps said.

“What is interesting is the timing of the release of thisnew mapping, immediately before these ridiculous and vindictive laws are about to be put forward by the Palaszczuk government.

“Real people, in real communities, in real industries will be hurt if the Palaszczuk government’s legislation succeeds.”

Debate on the Palaszczuk government’scontroversial new vegetation laws are expected tostart at 7.30pm on Wednesday night andcontinue on Thursday.The sure to be fierydebate will be streamed live on theQueensland Parliament website.If the legislation is passed it will retrospective to March 17.

The department’semail also advises the updated mappingcan be viewed throughQueensland Globe, a Google Earth application. Alternatively, data covering all of Queensland can be downloaded viaQSpatial, theQueensland Government’sgeospatial portal.

Email recipients wanting more information onvegetation maps, or Queensland’s vegetation management framework, were encouraged to contact TheVegetation Hub on135VEG (135 834), by [email protected]论坛, or through the department’s website梧桐夜网dnrm.qld.gov419论坛

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