Cattlemen Angry over Timber Policy

AUSTRALIA - Cattlemen in the Northern Territory of Australia have hit out at the Territory Government's policy for the Daly River region, south west of Darwin.
calendar icon 28 July 2008
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They object to the Chief Minister's extended tree clearing moratorium in the region and are angry that the Managed Investment Schemes are also planting timber trees across the regions best cattle grazing country.

According to NEWSPAPER the cattlemen say that food production is being hampered by the moratorium.

"They are unfair tax advantages and they're influencing areas in the Douglas Daly and in the Kimberley and in sugar areas of north Queensland where the country is just being taken over by a monoculture, timber," John Underwood of Midway Station told ABC.

"And that concerns me because you know I think northern Australia should be aiming at food and food production."

The farmers raised the issue last week with the visiting Federal Agriculture Minister Tony Burke, calling for the tax breaks to cease.

Northern Territory cattlemen say the Northern Territory Government has taken its eye off the ball south of 'the Berrimah line'.

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