Bushland at risk of renewed clearing in Queensland
Four major changes have been proposed by the Queensland Government.
1. Allowing a new category of broadscale clearing of mature bushland for ‘highvalue agriculture’;
2. Removal of protections of high conservation value bushland previously cleared and now regrowing;
3. Removal of requirement for permits to clear native vegetation in watercourses;
4. Altered provisions in regard to enforcement of illegal clearing.
Contrary to statements made by the Queensland Government, this analysis unequivocally shows these changes, if implemented, would constitute a significant reduction in the current level of statutory vegetation protection.