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Have your say on wildlife corridors

09 Mar, 2012 06:44 AM

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is calling on farmers and rural landholders to contribute to the consultation phase of the Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan.

NFF president Jock Laurie says that it is imperative the Plan, which outlines how the Government may establish and manage a national network of wildlife corridors across Australia, takes into account the important role that farmers play as environmental stewards.

“The Draft Plan shows that farmers manage 72 percent of Australia’s land and are at the frontline in delivering environmental outcomes on behalf of the community – so it is crucial that farmers have their say,” Mr Laurie said.

“For farmers, three things are important - that the Draft Plan does not result in more red tape or regulation around what happens on farms; that land title will not be changed as a result of a wildlife corridor declaration; and that farmers will not be forced into any conservation action under the proposed Plan, meaning that all actions undertaken by farmers are voluntary.

“There is an opportunity for farmers and private landholders to receive funding under the Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan for ecosystem and biodiversity management – which goes some way to farmers being rewarded for the work they do in protecting Australia’s natural environment.

“One area that is of particular concern for the NFF and our members is the management of invasive animals, plants, fire and other risks within the wildlife corridors. We have called for a greater focus on invasive species and fire under round one of the Biodiversity Fund, and will continue to work with Government to ensure this commitment is made through the corridors plan.

“It’s crucial that farmers and landholders to have their say on the Draft Plan by contributing to the consultation phase, which is open from now until 20 April 2012 via the Department for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC),” Mr Laurie said.

For more information or to contribute to the consultation phase of the Draft Plan, contact SEWPaC on 1800 803 772. Farmers wishing to seek advice on environmental management and the application of environmental law to their properties are encouraged to contact NFF Environment Liaison Officer, Jol Taber, on 1800 704 520.

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Ian Mott
9/03/2012 8:27:38 AM

The science of these so-called corridors is absolutely bogus and unprofessional. They do not define the species they think will need the corridor and, in so doing, avoid any consideration of the size of the gap that would be too wide for those species to cross. Worse, they imply that these unstipulated species can only transit via contiguous native vegetation in clumps larger than 2 hectares when the evidence of widespread use of crops, orchards, sheds, gardens, paddock trees, treed fence lines and woody weeds is OVERWHELMING. The entire landscape provides connectivity, morons.
9/03/2012 1:03:01 PM

No, If they want a wildlife corridor on my land, they pay me for the land or lease the land from me on an commercial basis. No more freebies for the community I'm afraid.
Duncan Fysh
11/03/2012 9:28:59 AM

We have been fighting feral animals for many years on our property Proa , south of Julia Creek trying to save the Julia Creek Dunnary and other fauna we know from this experience that it is of no use having a wild life corridor until the feral animals are eradicated especially feral cats The coridor would have to be fenced or it would be a dining room for the ferals.
11/03/2012 1:28:03 PM

Characteristic Mott. No manners, no evidence, no sign that he has even read the article on which he is commenting. Just loud assertions. But see the article: the NFF is urging farmers to get involved in the Draft Plan. All actions taken by farmers must be voluntary. There is funding available. Biodiversity is not a "freebie". It underpins rural activities, and we should support agricultural and conservation science. Not every research project is a winner, but we all benefit if we all have access to increased understanding of our continent.
12/03/2012 6:33:24 AM

Coming from QLD I hear the words "draft plan" uttered by Labor, and shutter in fear.
Ian Mott
12/03/2012 9:26:20 PM

No evidence, nico? So which species will these corridors serve? What proportion of those species are on the threatened list? And what sorts of gaps in these corridors would present a barrier to transit for them? The golden rule in dealing with greens and their departmental minions is, produce what they want and they WILL eventually take it from you. Every ecologically beneficial attribute that has been found on a farm to date has been perverted to an instrument of dispossession. No corridor = no parasites = no sleepless nights = no BS = no worries. Ignore it and sleep well.
13/03/2012 12:01:14 AM

Nico – you have been talking with the fairies to much mate. The Commonwealth never ever does anything directly that it can do cheaply and dishonestly indirectly. This is to say that the Commonwealth will pay the States to do its dirty work for it, where compensation need not be paid and the regulations will not be voluntary. You want evidence, try Kyoto and the Native Veg laws – try 1992 Rio Earth Summit and Chapter 3 (bilateral agreements) of the EPBC Act, try Pye vs Renshaw (HCA). You’re done, stick to CAGW because you are out of your league with this one mate.
13/03/2012 6:54:45 AM

Still no evidence, still no manners from Mott. PAYG produces an odd list of legal precedents, proving what? Surely PAYG does not agree with the proposition that agricultural and conservation science should be discontinued? And go back to the article, above, which clearly states that farmers are being urged to become involved. This is wrong?
13/03/2012 8:29:14 AM

Once bitten twice shy nico, we've heared it all before. As Ian Mott points out have nothing of environmental value on your property, and you will be left alone.Make the mistake of preserving some thing of environmental value, and you can expect to be mugged.
13/03/2012 8:59:41 AM

Nico – well then why don’t you put it your land and leave the rest of us alone. Oh that’s right, your ideology doesn’t allow for any private ownership of land, so in the mean time you will use whatever b/s you can think of to aid and abet your ideology.
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