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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
for disease issues and for weed and pasture management. Biosecurity Queensland’s first year has not been a quiet one. The incursion of equine Influenza into south-east Queensland has required not only high amounts of resourcing by agForce, but has also tied up much of the departmental resources in Queensland. agForce believes there are very important lessons to be learnt from the eI incursion, lessons that must be translated into the development of more effective disease and quarantine controls at the national and state level. agForce will be working via a number of consultative processes on weed and NRM as well, in the hope that more sensible policies on naturalized pasture grasses will be adopted. as we go forward in ‘08 the most important challenge for agForce is rural leasehold rent. The Leasehold Strategy (Delbessie agreement) finalizes the NRM requirements for leaseholders. Now the focus moves to rent costs, with agForce achieving a 20% cap on leasehold rent increases we have bought some small measure of relief. However major increases in valuations have been magnified by a doubling of the rent claimed (from 0.8% to 1.6%). Queensland producers on leasehold land (65% of our members) face a dire challenge if changes are not made soon. agForce is proud to continue our close working relationship with the Cattle Council of australia and to continue our collaborative work to represent and pursue the interests of our vibrant and important beef industry. page 61 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2007 As we go forward in ‘08 the most important challenge for AgForce is rural leasehold rent. The Leasehold Strategy (Delbessie Agreement) finalizes the natural resource management requirements for leaseholders.