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PREMIER BAIRD'S SUPPORT:
As farmers, land managers and food suppliers, we are alarmed at the Baird Government’s proposed changes to land management laws. The changes will lead to widescale land clearing and land management practices that have no place in modern farming.
We care about our farms and the environment. We see daily the devastating impacts of native vegetation clearing which reduces farm productivity, and destroys landscape stability, soil and water quality.
The proposed changes are not in the interests of long-term sustainable farming.
With soil loss and degradation at a record high in NSW, we cannot afford policies that encourage the removal of yet more native vegetation, and cause significant damage to NSW farmers reputation as responsible and sustainable producers of food and fibre.
For too long, native vegetation clearing has been politicised. Farmers and landholders deserve a long-term solution to how native vegetation will be managed agreed by all sides of politics.
As modern farmers, land managers and food suppliers we call for a new regime for managing the land, one which safeguards soil and water and allows us to grow food and fibre without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Farmers deserve support to manage their land for productivity and conservation gains.
On this basis, we call on the NSW Government to significantly alter the current draft Local Land Services Amendment Bill and Biodiversity Conservation Bill and commit to:
- Set bold goals for improving native vegetation and farm sustainability.
- Ensure that soil health, salinity and water quality are protected under the new laws.
- Resource a new program to deliver agricultural and environmental support for farmers including through peer-to-peer education and mentoring.
- Provide a significant increase in funds available for stewardship and private land conservation.