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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

22 May 2003

Talks on Queensland Landclearing Proposal


Broad details of a proposal to reduce land clearing in Queensland were outlined today following a meeting of Commonwealth Ministers with AgForce and the Queensland Farmers' Federation.

Howard Government Ministers David Kemp (Environment and Heritage); Warren Truss (Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries); Ian Macfarlane (Industry, Tourism and Resources); and Ian Macdonald (Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) met with Mr Larry Acton of AgForce, Mr Gary Sansom of Queensland Farmers' Federation (QFF) and other primary industry leaders to outline the proposal and seek the views of these important stakeholders on its merits.

"This proposal has been developed by Queensland and worked on by Commonwealth and Queensland officials in recent weeks. It meets the Commonwealth Government's objectives of a substantial reduction in the clearing of remnant vegetation, in greenhouse gas emissions and the additional protection of the biodiversity of ecosystems," Dr Kemp said.

Key elements under discussion are:

The Commonwealth indicated it is willing to consider alternatives to the proposal that achieve the Commonwealth's objectives in an assured, timely and cost effective manner.

"We understand the strong interest in this proposal from a range of groups and we intend, with Queensland, to hold consultations with other industry groups, conservation groups, regional bodies, local government and the finance sector as soon as possible," Dr Kemp said.

Media Contact:
Catherine Job 02 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

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