Restrict and properly regulate Native Forest Practice in Queensland

Restrict and properly regulate Native Forest Practice in Queensland

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Martin Bennett started this petition to Queensland State Government

Have you ever heard of Native Forest Practises, a property has to have a current permit issued by Department of Natural Resources, Mines, and Energy (DNRME), a Logging Company will offer a land holder ex amount of dollars for the native forest on their land if they can cut it down. These logging companies canvas areas for business, target forested areas and offer land holders this money. Most people think this is a great thing and snap up the dollars, even without thinking of the consequences involved in this harvesting. 

 I could go into the many issues in the Guidelines but if you are at all worried with any of what i say please read the guidelines in this link https://www.dnrme.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/1446919/managing-native-forest-practice-code.pdf  The amount of properties that apply for these Native Forest Practices permits is amazing, and the lack of compliance of the myriad of conditions in the guidelines set out by DNRME is so lacking that its not at all tolerable. DNRME does not even have the staff to police every permit, its a matter of if someone complains really intensely they might get an officer out but generally this doesn't occur, this self accessible stuff is complete rubbish. 

There are conditions on how many stems of a certain diameter can be taken per ha, and also restrictions on timber taken from certain areas away from waterways, this is in constant abuse because of the lack of policing. In Qld we currently have 4 levels of Koala protected mapping (DES), we have protected flora plants trigger mapping (DES), we have the Vegetation Management Act (DNRME), we have Nature Conservation Act (DES), Native Forest Practises (DNRME). Native Forest Practise over rides each of these acts, none of the State Mapping under DES matters, Koala spotters not required, this is a complete and utter disgrace. Not even a fauna spotter is required, what an abuse of our so called protected native forests and fauna.

A land holder in a Protected Plants trigger area has to get a third party ecological survey done to build a house if clearing vegetation, Koala Mapping areas there is a set area you can clear with some exemptions, permission to clear vegetation from DNRME for the VMA to clear vegetation, Threatened flora under the NC Act all sorts of hurdles, but if you want to clear for Native Forestry Practises you can get away with murder. With Koala legislation if the Commonwealth used State Koala mapping they would stop any clearing but as they dont use the mapping they allow the clearing to go on.

 

Its time we fought against this stupidity and made sure if this practice is to persist that we at least make sure State Government polices and conditions this practise properly. 

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