The federal government is moving to ease restrictions on Australia’s largest flower, the Gladiolus.
Key points:It’s a big win for the state’s agriculture industry and conservationistsBut the move comes amid growing public pressure to reduce carbon emissionsClimate change, climate policy and the Great Barrier Reef are the issues the Federal Government says will be addressed in its Climate Change ActThe Gladioluses are one of Australia’s most iconic flowers and were first planted in 1872 in Queensland, with the state in the grip of the worst droughts since the Dust Bowl.
The Gladios are often used as an emblem of Queensland, and it was in the state that Queenslanders first planted the first recorded Australian white-faced flower in 1867.
But the state is experiencing a severe drought and drought-related bushfires, with thousands of residents forced from their homes.
Since the Great Australian Drought of 2016, the number of Gladios planted in Queensland has plummeted by around half, with a significant drop in the number being planted on the coast.
The federal government said the Gladios would be moved to the state of Tasmania, where they would be kept in quarantine until the next planting season.
But farmers are opposed, saying the move will cost them their livelihoods.
The Victorian-based Gladiolis Growers Association (GGA) said the move would put the state and surrounding areas at risk of the droughting.
“The move will affect the entire industry,” GGA chairman Peter Taylor said.
“It will affect a number of businesses in the area, and in fact, the state has already suffered an industry impact as a result of this move.”
“We have been working for years to find a solution, and this is a further blow to our industry.”GGA spokesman Tom Williams said the GGA had lobbied the government to retain the Gladio as an import from Queensland, where the industry is already highly dependent on imports.
“This is not about reducing the risk to the Tasmanian market,” he said.
Topics:environment,climate-change,agriculture,farming-and-harvesting,gardening,environment,state-parliament,government-and_politics,environmental-policy,environment-management,environmentaustraliaFirst posted March 02, 2020 14:21:23Contact Karen BeaumontMore stories from New South Wales