Land clearing concerns
SEVENTEEN cases of alleged unauthorised vegetation clearing activities are being investigated in the areas of Clermont and Alpha.
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) Regional Manager Jason Riethmuller said five landholders were not authorised to clear, while the remaining 12 cases related to producers not complying to procedures before clearing under the self-assessable code.
"Out of the 17 cases identified in the area, three of these involve areas greater than 1000 ha and a number include significant areas of confirmed broad-scale clearing," Mr Riethmuller said.
"Investigations in the Clermont and Alpha areas are on-going and we will continue to work with the landholders involved on appropriate restorative action."
AgForce Central Regional Manager Sharon Howard said the majority of Queensland producers did the right thing and producers should take care when clearing vegetation.
"There is very rarely any malice in the small number of unexplained clearing cases however if people are deliberately doing the wrong thing, they need to learn and that would require action by the department," she said.
" It's important that as an industry we comply with the requirements and continue to assess those guidelines as our industry evolves. Unauthorised clearing can usually be attributed to errors in mapping, sloppy machinery operators or a lack of understanding.
"AgForce is proud of the record our industry has with compliance with vegetation management, the vast majority of our primary producers are absolutely doing the right thing."
In the event of confirmed unauthorised clearing DNRM can issue a fine along with a restoration notice. While severe cases may result in prosecution.