Marianne Melnikas, Banora Point
I wonder if Scott Sledge has ever actually farmed during his life? His demands for privately owned land to be reserved for koalas is ludicrous.
A farmer who decided to rest land from cropping or grazing and plants trees to prevent soil erosion would not be able to remove the trees to carry out future farming activities. Farmers have a responsibility to care for the land they farm; resting areas and planting trees is not uncommon, their view is to restart farming at a time in the future.
Intensive farming practices degrade land from excessive use of fertilisers etc. But placing constraints on those farmers who would rest their lands will make them think twice about it if they cannot go back to farm the rested areas.
Having read the Draft Koala Bill from November 2020, I was horrified to learn that camphor laurel trees were counted as being koala trees. The Department of Primary Industries has declared the camphor laurel a noxious weed.
To help preserve our koala populations, more needs to be done in removing dogs and cats from the natural environment.
If we wish to eat clean, fresh, food then we must also support our farmers and farming communities not stymie them.