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Saving the REEF, what is the answer?

As the dust settles on the federal election Queensland landholders have again been reminded of the community focus on protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Landholders are rightly concerned that proposed changes to Vegetation Management Law, will not produce water quality outcomes.

AgForce has always maintained that a voluntary industry-led best management practice model is the most appropriate way to ensure that the Great Barrier Reef is protected for the future, and supports real environmental and conservation work undertaken on farms every day.

The Grazing and Grains BMP frameworks integrated under the Reef Alliance program, which AgForce is a member of, is now in its initial implementation phase and offers benefits to landholders in reef catchments.

It is clear that without industry support, no system, legislative or voluntary, can achieve real outcomes. It is only by working with industry groups to change practices, that improvement to run-off water quality, desired by all, can be achieved.

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