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TAS Country : April 19th 2012
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 20, 2012 News Chemical spray rift widens New rules on hold, talks to continue ROGER HANSON STALLED: Changes to aerial and ground chemical spray regulations have been deferred indefinitely 'First it was forestry. Now, as we predicted, conservation groups have moved their attacks on to our farmers' ---JEREMY ROCKLIFF THE rift in reforms to the aerial and ground spraying regulations has widened. The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Bryan Green, has con- firmed that any changes to the existing aerial and ground chemical spray regulations for agricultural and veter- inary chemicals will be deferred indefi- nitely, and that the current regulations were extended past the expiry date of March 31. The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical (Control of Use) Amendment Bill 2011 was due to be debated in the Legislative Council last month. However, this has put the Govern- ment at odds with the Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT). ''The TCT finds it hard to see any reason why we or the Tasmanian public should participate in another public consultation process as we have gone through two previously and the Minister has just ignored us,'' TCT director Peter McGlone said. ''I am interpreting it as saying the new agricultural chemicals regulations are history and they are starting over again,'' Mr McGlone said. The TCT, which is a non-political environment organisation, will con- sider an option of lobbying Tasmanian produce buyers. ''We consider a better option is to start educating the buyers of Tasman- ian agricultural products about how arcane the chemical regulation system is. ''The existing regulations are more than 10 years old, and is largely a voluntary system which can not even protect the most vulnerable in the community, those in schools, hospitals, childcare and aged care centres.'' The Opposition spokesman for pri- mary industries Jeremy Rockliff this week slammed the TCT's call for a ''markets for change'' style campaign against farmers. ''First it was forestry. Now, as we predicted, conservation groups have moved their attacks on to our farmers,'' Mr Rockliff said. The deferred decision is welcomed by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graz- iers Association (TFGA) and a broad alliance of industry groups that came to fight new regulations. This included industry groups such as Wine Growers Tasmania, Poppy Growers Tasmania, Fruit Growers Tasmania, the Tasman- ian Agricultural Productivity Group, private companies; agricultural con- sultants, spray contractors, chemical companies and resellers. Members of the Legislative Council, led by Western Tiers MLC Greg Hall, also supported the TFGA's fight. ''Our concerns centred on the abso- lutely unreasonable expectations with respect to chemical use,'' TFGA chief Jan Davis said. ''In short, the proposed regulations would have required water quality standards across all water in Tasmania (rivers, dams, creeks, even puddles) that would have been higher than anywhere in the world. ''These would have been many times higher than even the World Health Organisation's standards for drinking water, for example water coming out of taps. ''The effect of this would be to put most farmers in the north of the state out of business.'' Mr Green said the Government remained committed to achieving a balance between industry needs and community concerns. ''It's clear that parts of the proposed regulatory reforms didn't achieve that balance, despite extensive consul- tation,'' he said. ''Further consultation is needed. It will consider both regulatory and non- regulatory settings for achieving best practice. Stakeholders will be con- tacted shortly about the next consul- tation phase. ''In the meantime, the current regu- lations remain in force.'' Anyone unsure about the regu- lations should contact the DPIPWE. CLAAS ARION 400 $92,000* Includes STOLL Loader Claas Harvest Centre Tasmania 26 Trevor Street ULVERSTONE TAS 7315 Ph: 03 6425 7191 www.claasharvestcentre.com.au 5.9% p.a. 30% Deposit 36 Monthly payments GST back month 4 THE ARION 400 is availavble in 95-115HP with or without loaders. * Package illustrated is based on ARION 420 tractor fitted with Stoll FZ40.1 loader for the sale price of $92,000 inc GST, financed over a 36 month term with monthly payments in arrears, includes a GST repayment in month 4 of finance contract. Terms, Fees, Charges and Conditions apply. Available to approved business applicants only. Offer Expires 31/03/11.
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