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Farmers have say on laws

By Country News

The head of an independent review into national environment law is calling on farmers to have a say on how it affects them.

Dr Wendy Craik, who is overseeing the review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, said farmers possessed local understanding of their environment, including the specific trees, grasslands and species found there.

‘‘However, feedback suggests many landholders are not always clear on the obligations that some proposed agricultural activities carry under the Australian Government’s main environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999,’’ she said.

‘‘To address this, an independent review is looking for farmers’ views to help the Australian Government streamline and improve the way it regulates and communicates landholder responsibilities under the EPBC Act.

‘‘The independent review is specifically seeking to gather the views of farmers, industry groups and other stakeholders to better understand how the Act interacts with the agriculture sector, and to seek ways to improve regulation and help landholders meet the Act’s requirements.’’

■Written submissions are open until Friday, June 15 and can be submitted by emailing: agreview@aither.com.au