AgForce has secured a commitment by the Minister for the Environment and Science to more fully engage with producers on the protected flora trigger mapping, which created such havoc for the industry this week.
The contentious trigger maps – which caused enormous anxiety for producers when a ‘surprise’ upgrade was released last week – were replaced with a more realistic version this morning following a sustained campaign led by AgForce and its members.
The new version reduces the ‘protected’ area by 36 per cent and appears to have resolved many of the issues producers identified with the earlier ‘upgrade’.
At a meeting called by AgForce, Minister Enoch promised that her Department would engage more closely in developing and implementing these maps in future.
AgForce CEO Michael Guerin welcomed the commitment as “strong progress”, but said there was a lot more work to do.
“The Minister instructed the Department of Environment and Science (DES) and the Queensland Herbarium to hold a workshop with our Landscape Management Committee and key staff as soon as possible,” Mr Guerin said.
/Public Release. View in full here.