- McGowan Government moves to progress pastoral lands reform to drive economic diversification and jobs in the rangelands
- Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture and Food to take responsibility for progressing pastoral lands reform
The McGowan Government will renew the focus on pastoral lands reform to drive new economic opportunities and income streams across Western Australia's vast rangelands.
Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will take responsibility for progressing the State Government's commitment to pastoral lands reform.
This engagement will build on the consultation being undertaken by the Pastoral Lands Board with pastoral lease holders aimed at increasing economic diversification, streamlining approval processes and boosting security of tenure.
Key opportunities to be explored through the pastoral lands reform process include carbon farming, irrigated agriculture and tourism.
The Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture and Food will inform the Minister for Lands of critical decision points as the reform program progresses.
The Ministers will present a joint submission to State Cabinet once the consultation process is complete.
Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The rangelands are capable of sustaining far more economic activity and job-creating potential if we get this right.
"We need to build the ecological sustainability of pastoral lands through diversification and attention to regeneration of soil and vegetation.
"We will work closely with industry in developing a model that will deliver real opportunities on pastoral lands to create new jobs and economic development across the State."
Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:
"I welcome the opportunity to work closely with Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan to share responsibility for pastoral lands tenure reform matters.
"As Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture and Food, she will be able to constantly engage with key stakeholders in regional WA.
"Working together will enable better co-ordinated and collaborative approaches to cross portfolio issues, including regulatory improvement to facilitate more streamlined interagency approval processes for diversification of the rangelands."
Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
Land Minister's office - 6552 5500