- New industry review panel and industry advocate part of proposed changes to the draft Land Administration Amendment Bill 2016
- More than 350 people attended stakeholder forums across regional WA
Western Australian pastoralists and other Rangelands industry representatives will have increased representation and greater input into land condition decisions under changes to the draft Land Administration Amendment Bill 2016.
Lands Minister Terry Redman today announced the final drafting of legislation to deliver land tenure reform to the State's Rangelands, following months of consultation and feedback.
Changes to the proposed legislation as a direct result of feedback includes creating a new role of industry advocate and an industry review panel to provide the Minister for Lands with independent advice on land condition issues relating to individual leases.
"The new model gives lessees access to the type of representation they have not had before - the industry advocate will be available to lessees and may be able to provide advice that stops an emerging land condition issue from becoming too serious," Mr Redman said.
"If the Minister is faced with making an adverse decision, a panel of three people chosen by industry will provide their advice, which the Government must take into account. The State Government is listening to Rangelands stakeholders so we can deliver a draft Bill into State Parliament that addresses their concerns and needs for the future."
The Minister said a new type of land tenure, known as a Rangelands lease, would form part of the legislation, and would be an option for pastoralists wishing to diversify their property. The legislation also included a proposed statutory right of renewal for compliant pastoral leases and the ability to transfer permits with a pastoral lease.
"The proposed draft Land Administration Amendment Bill 2016 is designed to help improve security of tenure for pastoral lessees, increase the value of pastoral leases, allow for more diverse land uses and unlock the potential of the Rangelands," he said.
More than 320 people attended stakeholder forums as part of the Rangelands public consultation in Perth, Carnarvon, Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Mount Magnet, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Port Hedland in April 2016. In addition, more than 30 people attended an Aboriginal consultation forum in Derby organised with the help of the Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation.
It is expected the draft Bill will be introduced into State Parliament next month.
- Attendees at the stakeholder forums represented the pastoral industry, Government agencies, environment organisations, Aboriginal groups and banking organisations
- The Department of Lands received more than 3,330 submissions
- For more information, visit http://www.lands.wa.gov.au
Minister's office - 6552 6700