Australian state to introduce new farmland protection law
A minister from the Australian state of Queensland has announced plans to introduce legislation to protect high quality agricultural land from mining, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Minister for the Environment and National Resources told the media organisation the legislation would likely designate 2% of the state as 'strategic farmland'.
"We do want to get this right, because we are the first state government to go down this path, to say that strategic cropping land is a resource that we think needs to be used for that purpose and has to be protected from other uses," she was quoted as saying.
"Projects that are in the pipeline will be part of this framework when it's introduced. Within months we could have legislation in the House.
"But when we come out with the planning instrument, that will come out straight away, and projects in train wil have to go through the strategic cropping plan framework."