Call to speed up reforms

July 02, 2017

The VFF and the Victorian Opposition have put the Andrews Government on notice to get on with native vegetation law reforms.

The VFF has warned the number of trees on Victorian farmland will continue to decline unless the system is made more workable for farmers.

‘‘Farmers are sending a clear and sensible message, but the Andrews Government is preparing to put even more hurdles in their way,’’ Shadow Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said.

‘‘Hardworking farmers are being bogged down in red tape and bureaucracy while the Premier for Melbourne panders to inner-city Greens voters.’’

Mr Walsh said the state Coalition was happy to work with farmers to achieve the best outcome.

‘‘The Liberal-Nationals are very happy to work with the VFF and landholders in order to get the best outcome for our farmers and our productive rural environments,’’ Mr Walsh said.

A review of Victoria’s native vegetation laws was released for public comment in December.

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