Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Pastoral lease to drive economic participation

    11/03/2016 9:00 AM
     
    • Aboriginal-owned Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd granted sublease of Walagunya Station
    • Property to hold a 1,500 breeder herd of cattle  

    An Aboriginal-owned business operating in the civil and mining industry for more than 10 years, will now manage a pastoral station that covers 174,811 hectares in the Eastern Pilbara.

     

    Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier today announced the sub-lease to Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd.

     

    "The company will be responsible for providing opportunities for local Aboriginal people to become involved in land and pastoral management," Mr Collier said.

     

    There is often a lack of employment opportunities for many Aboriginal people living in regional and remote areas - especially on rangelands which cover 87 per cent of the State's land.

     

    "Providing a sub-lease of Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) land to Aboriginal interests will ensure local Aboriginal people can become actively involved in pastoral management, including sustaining pasture and rangelands and herd management," the Minister said.

     

    Eastern Guruma will also invest in the development of infrastructure at Walagunya Station to support a productive and commercial business, with a 1,500 breeder herd of cattle.

     

    Promoting economic participation opportunities, both generally and across the Aboriginal Lands Trust estate - including the pastoral lands and community living areas - is one of the key reform principles of the Trust.

     

    Fact File

    • The ALT manages six pastoral leases, including Walagunya
    • Eastern Guruma is an Aboriginal-owned business which already manages two other pastoral stations
    • For more information, visit http://www.daa.wa.gov.au  

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