Current Advocacy Work

The Palaszczuk Government has introduced new vegetation management laws that will make it harder for farmers to do their jobs and shut down new agricultural development opportunities.

As the laws included bringing in interim codes effective from March 9th until the legislation has passed through Parliament, it is important that producers know what the changes are.

You can find more information on the Department's website here.

Below are A3 posters designed for use at the rallies and regional hearings across Queensland to help share the message and have the voice of farmers heard. Posters can be downloaded and printed.

Poster 1. Don't Change Veg Laws
Poster 2. Every Family Needs A Farmer #Your Food Our Future
Poster 3.  Every Family Needs A Farmer large sticker
Poster 4.  Fair Laws For Farmers
Poster 5. Farmers The True Environmentalists
Poster 6. Land Care You Can Believe In
Poster 7.  No Farmers = No Food
Poster 8. Save Our Food
Poster 9.  Support The People Who Feed You
Poster 10.  Your Food Our Future
(Print Friendly) Poster 11.  Every Family Needs A Farmer
(Print Friendly) Poster 12. Your Food Our Future

Regional public hearings

The Parliamentary committee inquiring into these laws will be holding a number of regional hearings throughout Queensland.

The dates are as follows:
  • Rockhampton - 9am - 11.30am, Tuesday 27 March, Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (formerly Gracemere saleyards), 16 Saleyards Road, Gracemere
  • Townsville - 4pm - 6.30pm, Tuesday 27 March, Rowes Bay Room, Seagulls Seafront Resort, 74 The Esplanade, Belgian Gardens, Townsville
  • Cloncurry - 1.30pm - 4pm, Wednesday 28 March, Shire Council Hall, 38 - 46 Daintree Street, Cloncurry
  • Longreach - 8am - 10am, Thursday 29 March, Stockman's Hall of Fame, Landsborough Highway
  • Charleville - 1pm - 3pm, Thursday 29 March, Charleville RSL
  • Cairns - 12pm - 3pm, Friday 13 April

The committee is asking for individuals or organisations who would like to appear as a witness to register their interest HERE.

Fact Sheet
In the time between the law being introduced and voted it is important to remember the facts on vegetation management in Queensland. AgForce have put together a Fact Sheet on Vegetation Management in Queensland. You can download it by clicking HERE.

Policy Proposal
AgForce have proposed a sustainable policy to end the divisive debate on vegetation laws.
You can view AgForce's 'Healthy Environment, Healthy Agriculture' policy proposal HERE.

To access AgForce's in-depth analysis of what the changes to the laws are below you must be signed in through the 'Members Login' which is situated at the top right of the screen.

Media Releases

20 March      Farmers fury building over new vegetation laws

13 March       Farmers urged to make voices heard on new vegetation laws

8 March         Flawed laws will make it harder for farmers to grow your food

Over the course of the debate AgForce will be posting videos to social media that either explain certain topics around the Bill or will feature farmers explaining how these laws will affect their business in their own words. We will upload them below as they are posted.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley and AgForce CEO Mike Guerin explain what the new vegetation management laws that were introduced into Parliament today mean for producers. Watch HERE.

AgForce Vegetation Management Committee Chair John Te Kloot explains vegetation management in Queensland in one minute. Watch HERE.

Other ways you can get involved

Email the Premier

With the support of the National Farmers' Federation, AgForce has set up an email campaign generator that allows you to send a message directly to the Queensland Premier's inbox voicing your opposition to the vegetation management laws.


Contact your local MP and candidates

Email, phone or better still, call in and see your local MP. In addition, contact Palaszczuk Government MPs representing marginal seats in major cities near you, such as Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Maryborough.

You could also call Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s office on (07) 3719 7000.

Her staff member will answer and you should let them know you would like to leave a message for the Premier. Politely explain how harsher vegetation management laws would affect you personally and why you want the Premier to re-think her current policy.

Please see names and contact details of Queensland MPs HERE.

Write a letter to the editor
Drop a line to the editor of your local newspaper, calling on your elected representative and/or local candidate to support fair laws for farmers. Again, it will be particularly beneficial to write to newspapers where there is a regional Labor MP in a marginal seat – such as in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, and Maryborough. Use local examples wherever possible. It need not be long – 200 words is ample.

Facebook or Twitter
If you use Facebook or Twitter, please like, share and comment on AgForce’s social media posts over the coming weeks, and into the future. Create your own posts and consider ‘tagging’ your local or nearby MP in posts explaining the importance of fair and balanced laws to allow sustainable agricultural production. Follow AgForce on social media by searching for @AgForceQLD.  Use the hashtags #YourFoodOurFuture and #FairLaws4Farmers

Recruit your city based family and friends
If you have family or friends in urban areas that love the bush and are sympathetic to your efforts to sustainably and profitably manage your land, please also ask them to email, phone or call in and see their local MP and candidates to communicate their support for our farmers.

Blog by AgForce Vegetation Management Committee Chair John te Kloot

AgForce Vegetation Management Committee Chair John te Kloot has written a blog post on the management of vegetation in Queensland. The article highlights the need for good, constructive vegetation management legislation and explains the Baseline Area Management Plan concept that has been developed by AgForce as a sustainable policy which is focussed on achieving the best environmental and agricultural production outcomes without strangling farmers in red tape.

Read the article here.

Policy Achievements
You can find our key policy achievements from the last financial year here.

State Election Policy Outline

AgForce releases a State Election Policy Outline detailing key policies to be implemented by an incoming government to best promote prosperity across the agriculture sector.

This and more details can be found underneath the State Election 2017 tab.

New Rural Land Valuations for 2018
The Valuer-General has issued 507,000 new land valuations in 22 council areas across Queensland.

The areas affected this year include: Banana, Barcoo, Boulia, Bulloo, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Diamantina, Douglas, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Maranoa, Murweh, Noosa, Paroo, Quilpie, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.

Read AgForce's media release here.

Looking for further information?
AgForce have put together some Frequently Asked Questions here and as a member you should have received an email outlingin what you need to do.

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