Brisbane, Queensland – A Queensland Government-appointed commission has proposed the state’s forests be declared “unlawful” in an unprecedented move aimed at quelling the growing unrest over the proposed privatisation of the sector.
Key points: The Forest Service is proposing the state declare the state forest a “public asset” and remove it from the register of public assetsThe Government says the move is aimed at keeping the land in private handsThe move comes after Queensland Forest Service says a “dramatic and unprecedented” fall in numbers of people living on the state forestry site over the last year has left the Government “unable to cope”The Forest Service has proposed declaring the state of the state forests “a public asset” that can be sold and leased.
The proposal comes amid the recent protests over the sale of state forestry land in Queensland, which saw people occupying state parks, protesting and blocking roads.
The commission has recommended that the Government issue a formal declaration to declare the State Forest a “property” and create a “management agreement” with a “minister of agriculture and forestry”.
It said the move was “necessary in order to ensure the State’s forest remains protected”.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the proposal would help protect the forest and make sure people could access the land without fear of eviction.
“The state’s timber resources are being exploited by a handful of big forestry companies,” Ms Palaswczuk told reporters.
“It’s very sad, but they have no business in our forests.”
“If we don’t act, they will go in and destroy our forests.
The state’s forest has been protected by the Forestry Act since 1876.”
The state has a “significant population of people who live on the Forestry Commission site, which is part of the Crown Estate”, she said.
Ms Palaszyk said she had “no doubt” that the forestry commission would be successful in its bid to protect the state timber.
The commission said the plan would also allow for the State Government to “ensure a sustainable, high quality timber harvest” and that the move would help “protect the integrity and stability of our forests”.”
We’re talking about tens of thousands of people occupying a small patch of land.”
The commission said the plan would also allow for the State Government to “ensure a sustainable, high quality timber harvest” and that the move would help “protect the integrity and stability of our forests”.
Ms Palańczuk defended the plan, saying she supported the state Government’s plan to privatise the state Forestry Commission.
“I think we need to do everything we can to protect and preserve this forest, which has a great deal of cultural and heritage value,” she said, adding that the proposed move “will help protect and maintain the value of the Forest Service”.
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