I have always felt the Native Vegetation Act was an impost on the rights of the landholder to manage his own land to be able to make a living for his family. In my case I paid a higher price to obtain freehold land which had a significant Redgum population which I planned to manage as a sustainable resource, only soon to find I'm being told how I should run my own farm by people who I suspect have never owned land themselves and had no idea how much farmers love and care for their farms.

Worse still were the barbaric penalties imposed for breaches of the Government's precious law which was nothing more than a land grab from farmers who the politicians of the time saw as nothing more than rich squatters.


Unfortunately most farms will have some land which would be high cost to bring into production, in many cases this land will already hold reserves of native vegetation. Let's make this land more viable for farmers by paying them carbon credits for not only retaining current vegetation but also for planting more native vegetation.

The Gov't want big industrial polluters to help pay for keeping our air breathable, trees are the lungs of the world, let them pay farmers, ( not government), to plant and maintain native vegetation on the poorer parts of their properties. If for example BHP were to pay 1,000 farmers a small fee each year to maintain ten hectares of native veg. that would amount to 10,000 hectares of land producing income for farmers, cleaning the air, locking up carbon and allowing our industrial sector to get on with producing products.

Here ends the first lesson. Yours etc. Colin a. Barnes. 24-6-16.

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