Cattle Council has welcomed the announcement from the Federal Government that there will be no compulsory acquisition of land in the regions of Charters Towers and Shoalwater Bay for defence purposes.
Cattle Council chief executive officer Duncan Bremner said that once the government had their boots on the ground consulting with landholders, the answer was clear.
“Once the government recognised there had been flaws in the consultation and negotiation process, they listened and understood that the negative impact of the forced acquisitions of productive land outweighed the potential benefits.
“Most importantly though, they acted,” Mr Bremner said.
Mr Bremner said Australian cattle producers and landholders recognise they are one of many cogs in the machine that is the Australian community and economy and would not seek to hinder the growth of the broader economy without due cause.
“And prime agricultural land is one of those examples. Whilst we have a vast country, we must preserve those areas that agricultural practice can manage, sustain, and produce from,” Mr Bremner said.
“As such, Cattle Council will continue to oppose the compulsory acquisition of prime agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes without appropriate consultation, consideration, and negotiation.
Mr Bremner also recognised the diligent and dedicated campaigning AgForce and the National Farmers Federation undertook to bringing the issue to the political forefront.
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