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Qld Government to approve grazing in national parks

By Melinda Howells, Wednesday May 15, 2013 - 06:20 EST

The Queensland Government has confirmed it will allow grazing in some national parks during droughts or other emergency situations.

Legislation will be rushed through State Parliament next week to allow grazing in five national parks and eight reserves.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says graziers are struggling to cope with drought, and the flow-on effects of the 2011 ban on live exports to Indonesia.

He says grazing would only be allowed for six months to a year.

Mr Seeney says the land was previously used for grazing and any environmentally sensitive areas will be fenced off.

"Hopefully we won't see too many situations like the one we're currently experiencing," he said.

"There's a real animal welfare issue here and we believe it would be irresponsible for us as a Government to allow cattle to die next door to paddocks where there is ample feed."

Greens Senator Larissa Waters says it is a short-term solution to climate change.

"Nothing seems sacred to this State Government," she said.

But rural lobby group AgForce says it is a common-sense move that will give 25,000 cattle access to urgently required feed.


- ABC

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