Land laws en route

YESTERDAY the State Government announced it would fast track its Strategic Cropping Land legislation in a move aimed at creating more certainty among landholders.

The government will introduce the legislation in late October, two months earlier than expected.

The Opposition claimed the new laws were five years too late, not two months early.

Yet Natural Resources Minister Rachel Nolan said the fast track was a further sign the government was "deadly serious" about protecting farmland.

"Put simply, Queensland's laws will take away the right to develop new open cut coal mines in the Strategic Cropping Land protection zones," Ms Nolan said.

Ms Nolan also detailed a list of exceptions that would apply to projects in the protection zones.

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