Positive Meeting

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he TBQA Committee held a very positive meeting with Agriculture Minister John McVeigh (pictured)and Toowoomba North MP, Trevor Watts last week.

  • A number of issues were discussed including:
  • the response to Hendra Virus outbreaks and roll out of the vaccine when it's released.
  • the TBQA's push to introduce an Impoundment of Livestock legislation for bad debtors.
  • Anomolies with tick spraying and the tick line
  • Mining and Coal Seam Gas Exploration. The LNP has already implemented the following initiatives:
    • the formation of a Gasfields Commission that will sort out conflicts between landholders and CSG companies. They’re headquartered in Toowoomba and will be instrumental in getting through the science and facts related to the industry.
    • A Regional Planning Process to extend the above concept into regional areas. The Darling Downs is the number one priority, followed by Scenic Rim and Golden Triangle. And an agricultural Land Audit will be developed so that perimeters can be determined as to where CSG can be carried out.
    • Proper management of CSG in the future.

Mr McVeigh said the Government is re-establishing a dedicated Department of Agriculture – DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry). They will focus on the frontline services and be based in various regional areas. 15 new biosecurity offices are being rolled out as part of this process.

It was a very productive meeting and TBQA President, Basil Nolan would like to thank Mr McVeigh and Mr Watts for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with us.