Conclusion

The focus of this paper has been on land tenure in Queensland Australia, and, in particular, leasehold legislation and the instruments derived from it. Terms and conditions under which state leases were granted typically reflect the times in which they are drafted. Leases still therefore exist today in which a condition to clear the land of trees is described as a development and improvement of the land. Ironically, the recent ban on broadscale land clearing remains a source of much unrest in some sectors of the agricultural community.

Sustainable land management requires long-term solutions and a partnership approach between landholders and the state regulators. The pathway to cooperation may well have been hindered by recent amendments to the Vegetation Management Act; but the general move towards cooperation between the rural representative body Agforce and the Queensland government - with the rural leasehold land strategy - has taken its initial steps.

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