Map slammed for putting Aussie farmers on the chopping block
THE new Queensland flora survey trigger maps have been repeatedly slammed for their inaccuracies, and described as a joke for putting Aussie farmers and their incomes on the chopping block.
Queensland's new flora survey trigger maps are designed to protect threatened or endangered plants.
What is trigger mapping?
According to the Queensland Government's website "The 'flora survey trigger map for clearing protected plants in Queensland' (flora survey trigger map) identifies 'high-risk areas' where endangered, vulnerable or near threatened plants are present or are likely to be present.”
Under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (the Act) it is an offence to clear protected plants that are 'in the wild' unless the clearing is authorised or 'exempt'.
Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd described the map as a joke.
"I am all for protecting the native flora, however you cannot just turn around overnight and declare land 'high risk', this especially effects people who rely on their land for income,” Mr O'Dowd said.
"Locations on the map marked with blue dots are classified as protected and no farming or grazing can take place.
"Some producers have suddenly found that more than 90 per cent of their land is now covered with the blue dots.”
Landholders are able request a high-risk area be removed.
Through this process a flora survey must be undertaken by a qualified person such as an ecologist or botanist.
"This of course is at the land owner's expense,” Mr O'Dowd said.
"Land owners are already struggling with drought, electricity prices and the general cost of living, they don't need this on their books as well.
"The mapping flags the Gabba, Suncorp and airport runways as being close to endangered species. What sort of endangered species are they trying to find at the airport?”