Property Rights Australia congratulates Tony Abbott for taking a principled stand against the Wild Rivers Legislation.
In a speech which earned him a standing ovation at the AGM of Property Rights Australia in June 2009, Noel Pearson outlined the effect he believed the legislation would have on future generations in Cape York.
Ninety percent of the cape had been locked up by this intrusive legislation which allowed no development within one kilometre of every river, tributary, rill or gully.
Mr.Pearson was concerned that this inability to have the flexibility to develop non traditional industries would inhibit the ability of future generations to lift themselves out of poverty.
We were told that the Hopevale community was in urgent need of housing. They had money to build houses. They had freehold land on which to build houses. But after two years they had been unable to get the necessary environmental permits to clear the trees to build the houses.
The extreme Greens in the public service and those who did a deal over preferences in the Queensland elections are masters of scaremongering tactics who conjure up visions of intrusive and destructive mining, horticulture and aquaculture to convince people in the South East corner that all development is evil.
High Preservation Areas, which in this intertwining maze of rivers is, as Mr Pearson says 90% of it, are unable to have development permits issued under the declaration and any such applications are to be refused by the assessment manager.
The declaration is to be read in conjunction with thirteen other pieces of legislation which must also be complied with.
Marcia Langton, Professor of Australian Indigenous studies, University of Melbourne supports the view of Noel Pearson.
Professor Langton says the conservation movement is in danger of leaving Indigenous people with nothing more than residual opportunities after other rights to their land have been weakened or taken away.
just taking some excerpts:
"... been locked up by this intrusive legislation which allowed no development ..." Mr.Pearson was concerned "that this inability to have the flexibility to develop" ....."industries would inhibit the ability of future generations to lift themselves out of poverty."
"The extreme Greens in the public service and those who did a deal over preferences in the Queensland elections are masters of scaremongering tactics who conjure up visions of intrusive and destructive mining, horticulture and aquaculture to convince people in the South East corner that all development is evil."
....sounds ALL TOO SIMILAR for my liking. Wild Rivers Legislation, Native Vegetation legislation.....same bloke, different haircut, and it's not just Qld.
I can tell you from experience. In actual practice, thuggish bureaucrats would use this to tie up any property they wanted.
In my case, they called a low spot in the paddock that doesn't even run water in the wet season a river. If they say it is a wild river then it is so, and the property owner has no recourse.
This article in The Age shows Environment minister Stephen Robertson being just too cute.
He says development is hard wired into the legislation.
However the legislation states that the assesment manager must not issue development permits in High Conservation Areas and such applications are to be refused. With HCA being anywhere within a kilometer of a stream, tributory or associated wetland, in an area such as this which is criss-crossed by waterways it means that it is ALL virtually locked up.
As fot the mining which the Greens today are saying will take place all over the Cape: nothing stops the mining and bauxite mining is already carried out in spite of the Wild Rivers Declaration. Now THAT'S scaremongering and dishonest to boot. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/water-issues/queensland-slams-...
Would these Green bureaucrats be able to get a REAL job in the REAL world doing something useful for society, like making or growing something? I don't think so.
They have created a useless bureaucracy which provides cushy jobs for their Green mates.
As a resident of lower Cape York I support your statement and support Tony Abbott for bringing this issue into the Federal sphere. In case Agmates people did not see it I attach below my letter that was published in The Australian late last year. It speaks for itself:
"It is pleasing that Cape York and the Wild Rivers legislation are making front page news and the editorials (19/10/09). Some geographic facts may help to put perspective on landuse issues. The peninsula occupies some 200,000 square kilometres, about the size of Victoria. The impact of humans is minimal and largely confined to the vicinity of the skeletal road system, as anyone who has driven to the tip knows. Population of this vast area, excluding Cairns is about 30,000 and much of this is focused in the southeastern corner. Ten National Parks cover about 20% of the area, granted mining leases about 2% and actual mining operations about 0.2%. The pastoral industry utilises very low density open-range cattle grazing. Aboriginal communities are highly concentrated and their surrounding country is to a large extent unoccupied. What little human impact there is has always been critically dependant on the the fresh-water rivers.
Throw into this benign veneer of civilisation The Wilderness Society, whose political influence in the big termites' nest of Brisbane is inversely proportional to their bush common sense and geographic knowledge of the region, and you have a simmering hot-bed of discontent. Anna Bligh you have stirred up a hornets' nest. Be careful lest it come back to bite you."
Thanks for the info John.
Stephen Robertson has written in The Australian today that Tony Abbott should read the legislation.
That's useless unless you read it with a map and then you can see that he is just being dishonest.